I don't see this as brown nosing at all, there are definitely a lot of forums out there full of mods/admins who will ban you for the stupidest biased shit. You guys have it good, I can't even remember the last time I issued a lock/ban here that wasn't justified even by a new user's POV. Here at NG, you have the assurance that you'll receive help in any of the subforums you visit, and confidence you won't get banned for simply asking a question.
Getting banned here on NG means you went too far - and you're actually free to contest that ban with any of the other mods until it's sorted out. That's quite a privilege, since the mods here do care about the community. Keeping a level head will do you good here, even if it's to weasel your way out of a long ban you're willing to atone for.