I understand why you guys might feel these infractions are over the top.
However, there are two things to keep in mind.
One, an infraction is merely a way for us to keep track of users who have broken the guidelines. Yes, it can lead to a temporary ban if enough are accumulated, but in it of itself, it's just letting you and us know of a particular post or situation that overstepped the guidelines. Try not to take it personally.
Second, it seems that the real issue many of you have are with the guidelines themselves. You might get an infraction for something you personally don't see any problem with, so you make a thread in this forum to complain. The point is that the the guidelines on this site exist to keep SAS a place that is appropriate to the greater population. That may feel too constricting to you, and I understand how that could be frustrating, but the sooner you start to view SAS in that light the less we'll have threads like this popping up.