This whole situation is so disappointing. I admit that I recently defended ramy in one of the other threads. At that point, I was a newbie who saw that he had quite a bit of success and a few designs that I liked. Others not so much, but that happens. I thought "hey, he's figured out this business and is talented, congrats to him." However, it is tough to have that same perspective after seeing the design comparisons at the start of this thread. I don't know how much is original, how much is based on other works, how much is coincidence, but regardless it's a bad situation.
I will throw in this request though - can the more experienced wooters who are more familiar with the older designs that might be the basis for "new" ones, please be patient with the newer members. For those who have only been around for a couple weeks or months, we see ramy as an artist who consistently does well in the derby and has some likable designs. Short of going through each past derby, we can't know until it is pointed out to us that designs aren't as original as we believed them to be. However, our ignorance of older designs should not be a basis for criticizing or even attacking those who simply do not have the familiarity with woot that others have. I get that people are angry with ramy, just don't take that out on the newbies who, until now, might only know that ramy is a frequent target, not why.