RCW is not banned. She is on 3 day timeout. It had to be administered a different way. She posted from what was believed to be a PM and received a warning. She came into the thread to argue to moderation. Both of those things are against the rules.
Clarification is encouraged to be asked, but in a pm, not in a thread. I don't really know anything about popup ads so I can't address that. You will have to send an email to Gretchen regarding that. Mods are volunteers and therefore are not privy to that information.
I really believe the rules are pretty straightforward. In this circumstance there were even members who stated it was against the rules to post it because it would be coming from a PM.
I hope you would continue to feel free to express yourself on the board.