I decided to split the post into a new discussion since it has gone far off topic. The purpose of a ban appeal is for the players affected to explain their sides of the story.
I've been on a server before where only the applicant and the staff are allowed to comment on threads for ban appeals and staff applications. The players who posted on other applications and appeals were given a warning and had their posts removed.
Since this server is relatively relaxed on rules and the forum system has a feature for replying with a related topic, I decided to make full use of the system in place and will lock the topic from future comments.