@SleeprunnerInc I wouldn't be in that issue in the first place as that isn't something anyone I am friends with would do(if they would, well I wouldn't be friends with them as is).
That one particular example you gave is not what the OP and others in this thread are soley referring to(though it is included in the umbrella of things they are talking about). To answer your question though, in that particular case, no, I would not feel sorry for them getting banned as it is merited and justified.
I was more referring towards people reporting for harassment in chat(when block exists), or ecchi/anime symbol art(which people do report for which is imo a very dumb/childish thing to cause someone to lose an account over). I probably should have clarified that a bit better in my original post.
I get your sentiment as most of my group thinks/feels about the same way you do. I personally just don't report people in games for anything. As I said, if I'm ever in a situation that is uncomfortable(ie. griefing/harassment/symbol arts/whatever) I simply block the player then don't run with them any more. I simply view it more as a matter of taking the situation into my own hands, rather than trying to go on crusade to police what is and is not acceptable. What bothers me may not bother someone else, and vice versa and I try to respect that as much as possible.
I'll give you an example. Once I figured out how auto-chat worked and the command lines to use symbol arts worked in that system I made use of it. Using two symbol arts for when alerts popped, and another for when a rare drop occurred. The symbol art I chose for the later was an anime pic of a girl making the "ahego face" as it seemed pretty fitting for a rare drop happening, my friends thought it was pretty comical and we all got a good laugh out of it. However, a couple days later while running a UQ, one of the party members were offended by it(even though the pic literally didn't show anything at all, just the anime girl's face and nothing else). They stopped fighting mid-quest, then proceeded to go on a tirade about wanting to report me for the symbol art(which is griefing to the other people that were in the group). I apologized to them, and removed the symbol art from my auto chat before resuming the quest, also apologizing to the other 10 players in the MPA for the time I had to waste doing so. Then explained to the player with the initial complaint that symbol arts could be blocked individually or turned off, to which they replied that they didn't care and my account should be banned for using a symbol art that in no way violates the ToS.
^It's stuff like that where to me it has gone past the line that I have an issue with, as players that take that stance are detrimental to the health of the game overall, whether they see it or not.