Yes, that article was the basis for the claim, and I have been exchanging some constructive emails with Funcom support. I do not know what they will do, and the article makes clear that they lack the resources to get involved very often and would vastly prefer if players worked things out for themselves. I have sent them an email letting them know that you have demonstrated a willingness to work this out in good faith, and therefore you can rest a bit easier knowing that I am not asking them to take any punitive action at this time. I hope they choose to chime in here, but I have no idea what they will do.
I am not trying to pull anything over on you, and you will learn that I am good to my word.
I have a difficult time accepting just leaving the doors open as they were closed before and can easily be closed again in almost no time. My strongly held preference is that we agree to keep the server open, and oppose any effort by anyone to seal them.
I know this stuff can feel pretty personal at times, but it is not. I wish I had chosen a word other than jerk in the title, as I would be happy living on the same server as you guys.
Note that not only have I shown you respect for the challenge you add to the game, but even Decayed did so here, and has said they enjoy fighting you, even if they lose.
If you take a step back and think about it, there is an opportunity here to bury the hatchet between all parties, remember we are all here because we love the game, and decide on things like whose side we are on based on what we feel will be most fun.