Of course there's total hypocrisy. I am sure the vast majority have downloaded ROMs and stuff like that from all sorts of sites. We all know why we don't allow them here and I think people get a bit jumpy because we know that somebody could take a rather dim view and get this site closed down (as has happened in the past elsewhere) and none of us want that to happen. But obviously if people can get this stuff for free they will one way or the other. I don't think anyone is pretending they are innocent and are totally law-abiding and it isn't a personal attack on anyone posting links to these things.
We would all love it to change I am sure (I have never denied that I hate it being like this - not least it creates more work) and I don't particularly like doing it - roll on the day where we can do what we like!