This encapsulates the answer you're looking for, as well as other posts in various threads, specifically Former's spotlight vs floodlight analogy.
You should also ask yourself why have you been brought into this corner of the site that you've historically avoided, and are trying to figure out what happened.
So in summary, this place has existed (with bumps along the way) for 20+ years, and has developed a pretty decent system of raw survival of the fittest posting style. The rules were pretty simple - open dialogue and rude exchanges were common, but among people with tough skins. There's a reason many people don't like to visit these lands, because to many, the discourse is too rough. Those people stayed away, and left the proverbial jailhouse yard to the inmates.
Things changed at the start of the year with an influx of people who were intent on taking the site down. I argued they were bots, you disagreed. But that's really immaterial to these posters' agenda. They don't come here to converse. They come to disrupt. That has also happened before, but the self-policing that's existed here over the decades drove them away. The other major difference this time is a handful of new whiners who openly state that they don't like this site, despite continuing to post, and run to mommy for help.
Yeah, Greggy stepped over the line. But that's like flagging Jerry Hughes for a visible personal foul, but ignoring his facemask being pulled for the 10 previous plays.
That's why you were called into this mess, when you have more pressing things.
So to recap - why did this site suddenly become an issue over the last 6 months, when it's handled its own issues pretty well before? Is it really the posters who've been a consistent presence here for years, decades?
Answering these questions honestly will go a long way to getting the solution that you seek.