Relax, they were one day bans, your dates will be allowed back into the dance later tonight. The initial post that drew my "be nice" warning was a bit more than "nice work", another mod tried to help JT out by editing it. Bottom line, there were a series of personal attacks, and while I and every other mod in the site gives a bit more leeway in the hampur, there's still a line.
And not for nothing, but I mod every forum on the site. I rarely ban anyone, but if I ask you to stop attacking one another and you can't, you need a timeout.
The whining about deleted posts is interesting, that may be a more effective deterrent than bandings - i thought it was only SAR that thought his posts somehow had value.