Here we go again...
I am going to make one reply to this thread and one reply only, then I'm done with this discussion.
Like other admins and moderators the world over, I see my role as one of server and software maintenance, protecting content and generally trying to keep the forum at AF as informative and useful as it can be. Sometimes, we have to step in and provide mediation. Mostly this is easily resolved, sometimes it's less than easy. Today is Good Friday - I wanted to spend the morning with my 5 year old daughter - I ended up having to deal with adults behaving like 5 year olds.
I was drawn to a thread from a user asking for support on an issue with Steem running a Dbug disk. The first reply in this thread was a random post from Atarizoll (Paranoidlittleman / ppera / pputnik / PP / Petr) with an out of context quote regarding some accusation about a piece of his software on a third party web page.
Alarm bells start to go off.
Apologies to AtariZoll by the way, I didn't realise that quote was about Floimage - I had assumed since the thread was about running a game compilation on an emulator, that your comment was somehow tenuously linked to that. It appears I was wrong and your comment had absolutely no link at all to patched games or indeed the poor OP's request - it was just a cheap shot that could have been fired from any thread. And you think I'm shallow?
For those who don't see what goes on, this is because we try to do a good job of tidying this crap up when it has kicked off in the past. That tactic appears to have not worked in the 10 years or so we have all attempted to keep the peace between feuding parties. This time, I have had enough - I don't know about others, but I'm fast approaching 40 and left this kind of BS behind at school. Just so you have an idea, when a user is banned from the forum, it's not an action that is taken lightly. When that same user re-registers again and again using new pseudonyms, we see it a mile off, it is discussed and we often take the view that we will give the guy a chance to prove he has matured. I was the main person who backed AtariZoll on his return to AF after his last hiatus. There were other admins and mods who were less than enthralled. But I try to see the good in people and believe that after suffering a ban and taking some time out, he may actually have the ability to rise above and ignore the bluster.
AtariZoll does great work, there's no denying it, people like what he does and he can be very helpful. So can CJ, SHW, GGN, and a host of other developers still taking time out of their lives to do something for the scene.
As I have said to others, I find it incredible that grown men can't deal with their differences directly. Especially relating to an issue that matters very little in the wider context of the world, universe et al. This bickering has been bubbling away for nearly 10 years and quite frankly Atari Forum is not the place for it to play out. You either open dialogue directly and fix your issues (have a beer FFS!!), continue with childish retorts on your own webspace, or just concentrate on your own thing without paying attention to those with whom you have issues with.
The bottom line is I won't tolerate it on AF. People may wish to search on this stuff in years to come, none of this bickering is going to matter to them. It won't matter to us once we're all dead either.