Contextual information (no comment on controversies here): It bears worth noting that every moderator on the forum has independent power to ban. One moderator can like somebody and another moderator can hate somebody. A polarizing figure, such as a lawyer (with prosecution vs defense) or a U.S. president (or of pratically any country), can understandably have lots of lovers and haters. (i.e. some people LOVE your iPhone mod -- and those pictures are pretty.)
Myself: I have never personally banned a BlackBerryForums member.
Just warnings and I leave this task to other moderators, and my skill is in moving topics to the correct forum, as well as making FAQ's at www.berryfaq.com
... I've been off and on, idle and active, as many other volunteer moderators are - with our own busy lives. I have never received a dollar from BlackBerryForums, although BlackBerryForums did help me gain the skills to be a reasonably well-paid BlackBerry/Windows Mobile developer.
Anyway, you're not supposed to paint all moderators with tar with the same paintbrush, San Francisco...
Attitude, attitude... (or if you prefer, the word "diplomacy") -- Unfortunately due to the microcultures that forms on forums, and the polarization that frequently occurs, it's often sometimes best to adopt the skills/attitude of a peacemaker/diplomatic figure than the attitude of a politician/lawyer (or other polarizing figure) when visiting a forum. Remember that. Really, forums are a compromise between democracy and authoritarianism, but at least they are much less chaotic than unmoderated newsgroups (i.e. Usenet) and unfiltered email Inboxes (i.e. spam). UBB-style forums such as these have become the best communities on the Internet, but aren't perfect, and massive million-post forum systems are just unfortunately prone to alienating a small % of the audience - it's a problem with every "big board". Thus, moderators, with independent feelings and opinions, often work together to try to keep harmony. But many times, some of us have independent minds. Anyway, we just respect each other's decision regarding moderator actions, even if we don't all always agree, although moderators have had to be demoted for abusing privelages if there was a nearly-unamious vote among all moderators.
P.S. Love that iPhone look. As a deaf guy, the notification LED has lots of useful contextual information and the transparent casing makes it easier to see the notification LED. One phrase, perhaps, should have been ommitted, as I am saddened my reputation may be affected by WSJ. Key word in "may", as I don't know how a reporter may decide to word the article.