I generally liked and continue to like the philforum people. I thought this too, at first, that they might have been naive in doing the spamming. But I gather that in one of the spams that one or more recipients forwarded for review to Robert or the mods did say that this kind of (spamming) was illegal on other most sites. So, not naive. Apparently, as well, they never read the a2k terms of service. Plus, after being asked/told to desist and that Robert would gladly announce the new forum, some of the people kept spamming under other names. Not naive.
I almost posted after dlowan yesterday (or many hours ago) that I also never question Robert's integrity. In my case, I've known him over just under ten years too, from much watching and interaction. The man just doesn't lie.
I decided not to post that and to stay out of the back and forth, as Robert can speak for himself.
But, since I'm posting about the possible naivete of the spammers, I've added the 'testimonial' too.
I will grant that I don't know that every single one of the spammers was not naive... but I take it the spammers sent each other their spams, so would have learned about the common illegality if not knowing it to start with.