Firstly, thank you for stepping in on an unofficial capacity to address our concerns.There were. I'm not going to argue semantics but both threads were discussing moderation and had to be removed unfortunately.
Been thinking about your quote above. I hope I am not censored for asking but why is moderation even such a sensitive issue? What actual problems were caused by that old thread? It informed facts it was not “discussing” moderation. The thread could have been locked to anyone who wasn’t a mod or administrator.
This is only a cycling forum I get the impression those in charge take the forum too seriously sometimes. But like you, a timer showing against banned members would satisfy most. But the best would be to simply reinstate the old thread about who was banned, how long and what for. It would also serve to remind members of acceptable behaviour. Someone suddenly showing as banned does not. And yes this does disrupt discussion.