I haven't had much time to review the situation, but it seems like neither party has the better claim. These plaintiffs are mostly newbies attacking mods for throwing the rules in their faces a few days in. As for Cez, not only does his attitude signify that he isn't taking appropriate action, but everyone on the moderating team has had some history with dissidents (fortunately for me, I don't have that big a share, Jeroen notwithstanding), so I don't see where he gets off doing what he's doing to keep the situation under control.
Personally, I love Cez as a moderator, but he seems to pride himself a lot over his position, and I can see how that angered several of the people on the forum. In the case of the two forums that Rich thought should not have been closed (one of them was his own), the one 'To the Gfaq'ers...' was a prime example of Cez gloating (reminds you of something, no?) but nevertheless was rife with accusations as to who had pasted and submitted copyrighted material and essentially should have been closed, but the other, which is Rich's flaw of preserving the issue, didn't deviate enough from the topic to be closed on an admin's face.
With such inflated pride also indeed comes sensitivity, as Rich did note in one of the many liberal topics in that forum, which showed that he wasn't naïve (although he's had a history of it before). My answer to Rebel581:
- Cez was appointed to moderator of that forum when Rich rose his first help-wanted sign from 17 to 20 March 2005 and he, along with Nintendo_dude and another person (who both have become so obscure on that forum that they were both deprecated as moderators when it was a real issue). He was later appointed to the position on the Fan Fiction and Role Play board, where he's famous for his wisecracks (and none of my lectures got very good reviews from him).
- Super Cheats isn't a site for people who believe in such froth, although a lot of members throw us questions that make us look like we're a secure haven for them, but that's only natural for a site of the genre.