OK, as I seem to be at the centre of this, what would Vetinari do.......?
Listen, if the consensus is to let Scott back, then who am I to stand in the way of it?
I'm one bloke who contributes (a bit too much at times, as I'm happy to concede) to this site.
Me and Scott had a beef about a year ago when I posted a link to a YouTube clip on here and someone who posts on here sussed out that one of the comments on said clip was me and posted a comment on my Google Plus account about "coming round my house and doing a Dale Cregan" on my family."
I glibly said that if I found out it was Scott who had posted the comment, I'd get the Plod involved because there is a line with these things and whoever posted that comment had crossed it.
Scott made it pretty clear that it wasn't him and I apologised for suspecting him.
But that wasn't good enough for him and he went off on one and started shouting about the fact that he thought the mods should ban me for accusing him and he made it clear that he properly didn't like me..
Subsequently Sluffy (at his own behest) worked very hard to build some bridges between me and Scott and things settled down and myself and Scott actually became "friends", if you can have any real friends on the internet.
All was well for a year, we had the Ultras, up the BUM!, general banter and we always (on the face of it) got on well.
Then suddenly, Scott (by his own admission) got pissed one night and started throwing hand grenades in my direction, telling me what a tugboat I was and how he'd had loads of PM's from people on here saying that they thought I was a cock.
I went out of my way on that thread to try and calm him down and even PM'd him (Sluff, I'm happy for you to post it on here for all to see to prove I'm not making it up) to ask him if he was ok.
I got a reply which just said that I was a dick and that he knew "my secret".......
Fuck knows what that was about.......I am actually a man, unlike certain other posters.
He then spent the next week schlepping around the forum, posting digs at everything I'd said, in the hope that I'd bite.
I could see what he was up to and ignored him until it all got too much and I gave him some back.
He didn't like that and ramped things up by about three levels and it all got a bit nasty.
Then he got banned.
I'm no angel, I'm fallible like everyone else and this isn't real life - it's he internet, so I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
This isn't just about me.
Since Scott received his ban, he's spent a lot of time on BA slagging this site and the people on it off and some of what he's posted in tandem with his mate has been quite inflammatory.
And the guys running BA have lapped it up and encouraged them.
There's clearly bad blood between the people running BA and the people in charge on here and it predates my involvement, so my spat with Scott is just more grist to the mill and they're reveling in it.
If he comes back, I know what's going to happen.
He'll pretend everything's fine, keep his powder dry and then explode again when it suits.
I'm really not arsed but for the good of NUTS, I'd err on the side of keeping him off the site.
He doesn't "get" how sites like this work, he's immature, a bit thick and can be nasty twat.
As for AD, I honestly have no idea.
If he is a construct of someone who still regularly posts on here, I'm bemused.
Why post all that anti-NUTS shit on BA and then continue contributing normally on here?
I really don't get that.
If you're the one behind AD and you read this, please PM me and enlighten me because I'm honestly intrigued.
Life's too short for this shit....