What isn't clear to me at all is how this could escalate. After all, only a select few have access to the TDM mission repository for uploading mission updates. If for example Goldwell started making his own versions of missions and replaced the official versions unwarranted, misusing his access rights, then surely all that would be needed would be to revoke his access to the mission repository and revert to the original version.
In cases where a license by the author was given to make an update, I think it'd be reasonable to ask that the author inspects the updated version before consenting to its uploading to the official server. All the work has after all already been done for him.
If it's a case where assistance is given during mapping, then the author should implement the ideas that he likes and leave aside the others. This was my experience during collaboration with bikerdude: we are after all 2 different people with each their own style of mapping, so it's clear that on some parts we would diverge, while on others the mission would reap the benefits from having 2 creative minds at work. I can however see problems with this kind of creative process if one author is a newbie while the other is a veteran, as the veteran might then end up taking a perhaps too great influence on development.
So based on what I've gleaned from public discussion, it would seem like a simple case, but clearly there's more to this drawn-out discussion. Why is there drama about unauthorised updates when those can just be undone or prevented?
Neither you nor Spooks had any problem with Bikerdude because you knew the limits of his usefulness and neatly drew the line for him.
Anyone sane who watched Bikers forum comments would never have given him any FM administration or backend privileges in the first place.
Once the obvious abuse of those privileges were shown he should've had them revoked IMMEDIATELY.
Everything after the privilege revoking is silly blather.
Mission authors can work with him knowing the caveats of that situation and if any problems arise the MODS can be contacted.
Yet everyone is acting like BIker is a Team Member who still wields some authority here.
He's already been downgraded and anything he does is independent of the project.
If Biker takes work from someone else's mission and incorporates it into a new mappers mission then it's up to the new mapper
to do what Spooks and Dragofer so easily did. JUST. SAY. NO!!!
How hard is that?
"No biker. I cant use these contributions. Thanks anyway."
Worth all this drama?