After hearing the other side of the story, I have to apologize to the PTC mods for coming out so strongly and implicitally accusing them of being über-strict tightwads.
I still disagree with the banning, because banning should be reserved for the true assholes, but some discipline had to have been taken. Maybe removing the post or locking the thread. I don't know.
But yeah, my apologies to the PTC guys, although Joe, you're still my boy.