Well, interesting thread now. Finski is eccentric to say the least. But, I also remember my first impression of him. I told him off for his attitude. Went in one ear and out the other and he kept on treating people without any respect.
Now, I am probably the most politically incorrect person I know. I open my mouth and I am in trouble....one of those kind. I too had to learn how to curb myself in forums. Hey I am 61 and this old dog learned a new trick, I am sure Finiski could have if he had bothered.
Finally, I just started to not read any post he was involved it. I have stayed out of topics to avoid him. I get just as hot as he does, and nasty. But a forum is not the place to do that. I would assume if banned here, he earned that situation all by himself. He is a grown man and should respect others.
Also by his actions I see that indeed he does significantly intimidate any newbee and probably most folks that just let things pass for fear of issue. If a permanent ban, that is too bad as many will not learn his way, which is HIS way and only a suggestion how things should go. Us stubborn old farts find it really hard to be told we are wrong, or to change our ways.
But if he were to be allowed back and IF he could treat people with much more respect than he has in the past, he probably is a benefit. BUT among many of us, myself included, he has shot himself in the foot and I will not ever forget how he has treated some folks here. I am certain his ban was well deserved, though I am not privy to any of it.