This sounds mostly fair, except for a few things:
-Mods aren't required to read the posters' minds and find out what they mean; they are expected to gauge what ban each specific case deserves, which leads me to my other point;
-Reducing the ban from 3 months to 1 month changes nothing. The real problem here is the lack of flexibility, treating every 'death wish' as the same, which clearly isn't the case, and same for other infractions.
I guess the yellow card is a good idea, though, it is definitely an improvement.
The rule should indeed remain: death wishes should not be promoted and should be a bannable offense. That has never been the issue here, I don't think anyone condones death wishes. The inflexible/robotic application of the rule is the one and only real issue and what leads to unfair situations and subsequent complaints.
Yes. But unfortunately, the rigid and "robotic" application of rules is sometimes a compromise we have to make.
For example, it means that there isn't too much variation from one mod to the next in terms of how a rule is interpreted and applied. This leads to a greater degree of consistency. So posters have a better idea of what to expect.
The downside, as you mentioned, is that sometimes this can lead to unfair situations. But in my opinion, the fact that we have the feedback/questions section of the forum, and the appeal procedure for banned members, means that there is a chance for errors to be caught out and corrected when they arise.
Of course, in an ideal world, we would give every infraction a full review. But there are only so many mods, and only so much time we can spend moderating the forums. It may sound like a cop out, but there have easily been over 5000 reported posts ever since I became a mod. Sometimes we have to be "robotic" to deal with the volume.