Jeff, got your notice via my BT profile, and I agree the situation at hand is abusive.
I just posted in PlumbBill's goodbye thread - hard to believe the publisher would give him the heave ho.
As to what happened, to tell the truth I am not up to date with the latest and baddest insults that were traded on the Tavern, nor do I know how many were banned. The last 6 months or so I've only occasionally piped up as I was tired of the relentless "did so - did not" that US election 'discussions' degenerated into.
All this to say that my boycotting BT would not likely be noticed, but out of solidarity with you guys and out of gratitude to those of you who helped me out over the years, I will certainly join the boycott.
If we organize ourselves to use BT profile feature to send discrete notices to those likely to at least not rat on us (as ratting would probably result in BT temporarily disabling the Profile or PM feature). Reaching those who contribute content on technical and business matters would be the best way to make the publisher take notice that, in reality, we are the ones who are providing their HO and DIY readers with a supportive context in which their questions are answered in a competent way. Once the answers stop, the publisher will surely notice. Once the boycott starts, it will probably be best not to monitor the situation from our known names/URL.