I don't feel the need for any amnesty, because I didn't do anything to warrant getting tossed, and in fact I didn't get tossed - I quit because I was getting no respect at all.
It sounds like your reasons for shutting out people are quite right. I've said it before - sometimes one has to pull a weed.
I never did put up any Rich -bashing logos or slogans, though truthfully I might have, were I not such a hopeless computer retard. But in the middle of it all I was still supporting his amp designs.
But after I was free of that place I did a lot of written stuff that was deliberately nasty. I really thought I was fighting for the good of all (in both forums, BTW), including RichP, whom I'm betting will be relieved and a lot happier not have to do a job that he never really wanted, IMHO.
In a scuffle one has to use what one has, and words were my only option - utterly powerless otherwise. If I really hated the Carversite guys, I'd have just shut the hell up. But I had to wake a few of them up a bit. I hate that phrase "tough love", because from what I've seen of it it's generally an excuse for bullying. But I guess that's what I've been doing; I hope so, anyway - the love, not the bullying.
Nothing else was working. Ever since the initial forum feud I've tried, softly, to end the war. Sometimes supporting whatever site was the 'other one' to whomever I was talking with. Inviting Carversite guys (including Rich himself once, several years back) to the Fest is just one example. But softly wasn't working, not really at all. Sometimes there has to be a crisis to reshape thinking. We've certainly had that.
I'll try to get on the Carversite forum tomorrow. Can't start any more tonight - my health has not been the best. I hope I don't have to send an IP, because I haven't the slightest idea of what that is. Computer sub-retard.