I think that is, in Vlad's terminology, a stupidy.
As JLBorges mentioned, if he can refrain from the invective, Vlad can be an asset to the community. I agree. The question is will he refrain (or as much as he seemed to be pushing to get himself banned recently, will he even want to return?)
He was probably banned because of the fact that almost every post he blatantly insulted people for not doing things the way he thought they should have been done.
I forget how many times he called different posters 'idiot(s)' and 'stupid' during the thread where we broke down to discussing the proper way of doing pointers (ie int* p; or int *p;).
This forum is supposed to be helpful and we are supposed to watch our replies like any other forum. We are expected to not be so harsh toward others, but I'm pretty sure repeatedly calling people 'idiots' and 'stupid' doesn't achieve that at all.
Vlad could be a prick at times, but he did offer me good advice on more than one occasion. I never personally was insulted by him more than once or twice so I can't speak for everyone but I wouldn't mind having him back.
> but he did offer me good advice on more than one occasion
> I can't speak for everyone but I wouldn't mind having him back.
I would expect that to be the general consensus amongst those of us who come to this forum primarily for learning C++, helping others trying to learn C++, or both (ie. members who don't spend most - if not all - their time camping in the lounge). We tend to value C++ knowledge above social graces (which does not need to be anything more than merely acceptable, the odd aberration excepted).
There is a reasonable chance that, if Vlad does come back, he would decide to stay within those bounds. And I think that it is a chance worth taking.
It is common forum etiquette to treat others with respect. In regards to vlad, he failed at this. I am willing to bet that is why they banned him as I can't recall him ever actually getting reported. I do remember in a beginner thread I took part in, he called the OP stupid because he did pointers like (int* p). Then when everyone kept telling him not to call members stupid or other names he started calling them idiots and stupid for being offended. An admin could read that as not being respectful to others. Sadly, vlad was disrespectful in that regard repeatedly and didn't show any interest in changing as I remember quite a few veteran members constantly telling him to refrain from insulting users which he ignored and continued to do so.
Knowledge shouldn't come at the cost of treating others with respect.
Vlad had a glaring self confidence problem, I believe he contributed here simply to stroke his ego. There is no question that he knew what he knew inside and out, but the minute that anyone would offer an alternative answer he would jump into an Ad Hominum attack and pretty much derail the thread. His kind of contribution added value in the sense that it answered questions in a direct and concise manner but he pretty much killed any chance of actual discussion or learning. I remember people wouldn't even be able to ask him to explain things without the risk of being insulted. Yes I'm being harsh here, but most of you already know that I'm a jerk and even I don't treat people the way that Vlad did.
If it wasn't a novelty account then I think Grey Wolf is right, he's moved on by now.
MHO: That user is welcome to make another account, but I don't think that the ban from that specific username should be lifted.
What he really had was an asshole problem. He was a bully whose real reason for being here was to abuse others for his own amusement.
If he were to return his behavior might be better for a short while but I'm certain it would revert because that's what he's here for.
His banning was long overdue. Quite simply, good riddance.
but the minute that anyone would offer an alternative answer he would jump into an Ad Hominum attack and pretty much derail the thread. His kind of contribution added value in the sense that it answered questions in a direct and concise manner but he pretty much killed any chance of actual discussion or learning. I remember people wouldn't even be able to ask him to explain things without the risk of being insulted.