This was in an article? What article was it in? Neither of you are banned, and have not been banned, so this shouldn't be occurring. Possibly, the article commentary itself was closed, which might pop up that message if the reply dialogue was still showing outside of the standard forum view.
It seems to occur randomly, throughout the day, ever since I created an account a few weeks back. It happened on that particular thread earlier today, around 11AM, but 20 minutes later it let me post without issue.
That is very curious, especially since there have been no other reports of this. We'll report this to the devs, who will hopefully be able to sort it out. In the meantime, we're sorry for the inconvenience caused by this bug!
I only asked because you seem to share an IP address with some pretty odd bedfellows who have been known to Spam our Forum with unwanted commercial links and adverts. That may be one reason for the system being a little confused over who is legitimate and who is not welcome.
Unless my information is questionable, that's one hell of a commute you have there.
Anyway, you're in the clear and haven't been banned so our apologies for any misunderstanding but we work with the best data we can find to fend off unwanted posts and posters but you definitely are not unwanted.
I explained it very poorly in that announcement. I should pretty it up.
Basically, many of the spammers attacking the forums were using VPNs in order to bypass IP bans. We ended up banning those VPN IPs as well. From time to time, some unfortunate soul tries to access the forum through one of those VPNs and they just happen to be on an IP that was banned. Luck of the draw.