It's like when bird shits on you once in ten years there is nothing serious. But when it happens every 5 minutes? Not sure you are silver too or actually enjoy that cancerous ingame chat?
in all fairness, that is an awful analogy
it is more on the same vein of some random stranger texting you that your butt smells like Cheetos.
Annoying yes, but then again, i am not sure in which game is that where players do send you synchronized 5 in 5 minute messages about your ingame performance.
No, it isn't. Before ffbans there were some occasional weekend cheaters that I'd laugh at, cheaters never were some kind of real threat, after ffbans every butthurt kid started an e-peen race who is better cheater and showing off their pages and hundreds of bans. Ffbans turned from wall of shame into wall of fame with bunch of dumb silvers who feed ego of cheaters. Community is more toxic and unfriendly, that's all what did ffbans.
The same groups of people always existed, it is just that the amount people that are part of apb has shrunk. It looks like it is more unfriendly, but it is really the same community, with less diversity.
What you are witnessing is something that existed regardless of ffbans, was an product of the the degrading quality of APB over the years.
Hell, there was something in the same vein as FFbans before fairfight was even around. You'd occasionally and often even more frequently get your daily cheater discussion on APB forums too.
No idea when you've started, but if you were within the right selection of groups of friends or whatnot, you'd get notifications of when someone was banned as quick as FFbans.