Right now, I don't know how I feel about the drama, but I do know this:
I want to know who has been banned.
I was (at one time) employed by an online game to deal with their forums and chatrooms. I have been, in essence, a professional mod. And I would like to think that I was a good one too.
I was always upfront about who had been banned. It served no purpose not to be. It cut *wayyyyy* down on speculation and drama. And if people didn't agree with the bans? Bring it on! I'd justify it to the best of my ability (unless asked to divulge personal stuff), and if that discussion gave me new information that changed my mind, well, I wasn't too proud to admit it.
Mainly, I want to know who has been banned so that I know if I still want to hang around. If a good chunk of my favourite posters are gone, then the forum becomes less attractive to me. And if some people who I have always thought seemed like great human beings are now banned, well then this might not be the best place for me either. But I would like to be able to make an informed decision on this.