Oh. I guess you're right. The problem is, in other situations, sometimes when I'm looking through the archives, I'll see something interesting posted by someone, but when I click on their name, it says they've been banned or suspended. Since that's all I get, I don't know how to even get to their other forum posts to figure out why. I could care less why pro-Democrat trolls are banned, but I've occaionally seen good posts by individuals who seem like conservatives, but when I try to see what else they've posted, I just get a message saying they're banned. Is there any way to find out why a banned poster has been banned? Maybe I'm just nosey.
Most of the longtimers that you see on old posts have been banned because of flame wars. Some have opused (quit the forum) and asked to have their identity terminated.
You can try going to the FR search on top of the main forum page, putting in the poster's screen name and choosing 'by poster' in the drop down box or doing a google seach using their advanced search link and putting in Freerepublic.com as the domain. You can also try asking one of the Mods via FR mail, but they may not tell you. They may decide you're trying to cause trouble and ban your account.
Most that I've seen banned over the years are trolls who come here to accuse conservatives/republicans of starving old people, poisoning the air and water and setting up internment camps for gays/lesbians/liberals. The ones who've been here a while and are banned have probably broken the rules more times and been given more chances than they were probably due (see MoJo/Hun, A+Bert, Eschoir). They disrupt FR in other ways (personal attacks, stalking, threats, etc). There have been very few bannings I disagreed with (Snow Bunny, Joe Montana).