Driftwood1 and I are online acquaintances, and as sorry as I am to see her banned here I cannot dispute the decision of NV staff. It's laid out quite clearly that certain behaviors are prohibited, and Tyler was within the scope of his duties to impose this sanction.
On to the good news.
I'm a member of the group NYT Forum Refugees (NYT as in the New York Times). We are a crew of both left- and right-wingers who jumped ship as the NYT forums were collapsing in April 2007. All of us can attest to the Wild West environment we came from, and IMO the Vine is light years better.
Moderation on the forums was a joke. An admin named conrad.host would pop in around once a month to rein someone in.
Publishing articles and seeding was nonexistent. Our "nest" was one single thread of comments with pages far smaller than those served up by Newsvine. Adding to the mess was at least one spammer who took pleasure in posting walls of text composed of some odd blend of snippets from previous posts, completely unintelligible and worthless. I suspect he might have been running an automated app (aka bot) to do his dirty work, as his torrents of spam were frequent and relentless.
NYT staff would upon occasion ban his login, but the site had no support for their moderators to ban by IP. When the spammer was banned, he'd just re-reg at liberty and the cycle would repeat.
Putting the pest on ignore wasn't much help; you'd still have to page through many lines of reports from the server that XYZ had posted but you have him on ignore. The ignore list was pitifully poor as well. It allowed a mere ten slots, not enough to filter out all the riff-raff. I found myself managing it, discarding the weakest troll to make room for the most egregious one, usually spam-boy. But most of us took it all in stride and endured as a group. Jack Gillis led us all here to Newsvine.
It's no secret that moderation isn't always spot on here on Newsvine, but it towers far above what we had on the NYT forums. Unlike conrad.host, Tyler and Sally are very active and effective at keeping the rascals at bay. Publishing here is also far easier and effective, and this site fulfills its role well for amateur journalists like myself, which has much to do with why I've been a member for over four years now.