I'm still inclined to forbid direct listings or linking to ROM-related sites of any kind. I think the message board has been far better off without it.
For one thing, we don't want this to turn into a "Hey d00d, I hear u can get ROMZ hear!" forum.
For another, I don't think the MAME team really wants to encourage
ROM collecting (and by extension - ROM burning sites), and this is as close to an "official" message board as MacMAME has. (MAMEDevs - correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
Finally, one of the main reasons we don't allow linking to ROM sites, is so many got swamped with traffic and had to shut down (or had to shut down for legal reasons). I know some sites don't really want to be advertised, and how are we moderators to know someone has gotten specific permission from a site to do so? I'm not really interested in having to police something like that.
However... as with everything, there's always a loophole.If
someone were to know of such sites, and decided to create their own web page that included such information, there's no reason they couldn't link to their own webpage from here.
So for example, "MAMEBase's Handy Page of MacMAME Links" wouldn't be in violation of the rules, since technically it wouldn't be a ROM site. Just a page full of links that might happen to include them. In fact, such a page could indeed be handy, if someone were to maintain it, keep it updated with current links to sites, and perhaps include ratings as to which sites were good or not. I'd even be glad to link to it from MacMAME.net, although I have no desire to create such a page on my own.
Because, of course, I'm too lazy.