The same goes for banning. Ban them via PM. Not on the forum. You still don't get. 30 posts in you just realize it got derailed. But since a Moderator thought it appropriate to bring up banning in a thread I hadn't realized that I hijacked the topic. I was only following modeled behavior.
You must not know moderating, then. Sometimes you have to have a public banning so people understand that someone actually was banned. He could have wiped out the whole sequence. He might after the fact. But it goes with the territory.
Moderating is not easy. It's even harder when you're invested in the forum the way TS is because it's a lot like parenting. As a moderator your "kids" (read: regular members) are not going to be okay with everything you say or do but they have to listen to you and respect your authority. You're in charge. Since you see so much regular activity from TS when he has to put his foot down it looks like someone overstepping his bounds to some people. I'd rather take that over a no-show moderator that doesn't really post much but swoops in and tries to discipline people. That'd be like a dead-beat dad coming home after 10 years telling you to clean your room.
I have no problem with how TS posts or moderates. He's more blunt then others but he has his personality and you have yours. If his "superiors" don't have a problem with his moderating then he must be doing what he's supposed to do.