On another forum I frequent, instead of having ****'s they have it set so swear words are automatically replaced by the words of moderators choice.
For example, the s word is simply replaced by crap (so if someone types the s word in their post, it gets replaced by the word 'crap' when they hit reply). The F word is replaced by fudge (used to be the literal sexual-intercourse but it got too odd) etc etc.
Could we look at doing the same? It'd cut down on all the stars in posts.
Downside is 'passion' might be taken from posts or quotes from players and whatnot, but I think it's better than the ****'s and the rather boring 'controversy' over all this ban/swearing thing.