From: Vermont, USA
Ok, first of all, this thread is locked.
Second, Darren, you need to stop jumping in and going for Herman's throat. Regardless of whether you feel that you've been wronged, the forum rules prohibit these kinds of personal attacks and you were clearly the instigator in this case. You're banned for two weeks to cool down and reconsider the forum rules. After that period has passed, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org me to have your access restored as long as you can abide by those rules in the future.
Third, Herman, you are definitely on a personal crusade here. Everyone sees it, denying it is really pointless. The latest example is your response to a technical glitch that caused a hiccup in the Mantis list. You immediately came up with a conspiracy theory and when it was explained that it was a technical issue, which has now been fixed, you still maintain that some great conspiracy is at work. Meanwhile, you take a game that you claim to support yet I've yet to see you pass up an opportunity to trash it or AGSI, as long as you can at the same time tout your own work.
I've said before that we appreciate testing and will investigate and fix a bug regardless of who reports it, but this impression you've been trying to generate that you are an honest broker whose reports are purely objective simply doesn't hold up to the light of day. Your reaction to Ralf's comments regarding his scenarios also shows how little respect you have for the intellectual property of others. It's quite enlightening I think for the rest of the community to see how you treat folks who previously worked with you.
If you keep promoting conspiracy theories in the face of evidence to the contrary, that will be treated as bashing and you will also receive another vacation from the forum.
Fourth, Taitennek, if you're going to make accusations and attacks you need to provide proof. I've also reviewed some of the evidence regarding Herman's alleged plagiarism of data. There's a lot of smoke, but there's no fire. In other words, the evidence is not ironclad, even though it's highly suspicious. I think at this point everyone is going to believe what they believe. Unless you have clear undeniable proof, keep your personal attacks in e-mail and off the forum. This is a warning, since I haven't had a problem with you before, but if this happens again you'll get a forum ban to think things over.
Anyone who has played the game knows that it has improved a LOT in the last year or so with the 3.9.x series. Just because Herman won't admit that doesn't make that fact vanish. There's more good news coming for the Harpoon community soon and we appreciate the support of all the Harpooners out there who are more focused on the game than these community skirmishes, in getting the word out about the work that we and AGSI are doing to keep Computer Harpoon going.
< Message edited by Erik Rutins -- 4/2/2009 3:42:15 PM >