Good friends look out for each other, yes.
Unfortunately, you're not doing that right now. At the moment, you are increasing his fame and by doing so increasing his bad reputation. Allow me to explain:
You are posting on a public forum about a person who received bad reviews from players he/she had partied with several months ago.
Now, you feel that those comments were unfairly made, and that is perfectly fine. In fact, I encourage people to stand up for their friends when the time is right. Unfortunately, you are not actually offering anything to us other than opinions. You are telling us what he has done for you, a friend, and how he has acted towards you personally. Everyone else here is showing how he acted towards strangers and party members, which is (I believe it is safe to say) where the majority of us fall in relationship to that person. You have given us no example of his skill, aside to say that you think he is a good player and undeserving of a bad reputation.
However, you are someone that I personally have never heard of (and judging by your post count, I think it is safe to assume that the majority of the alla readers have never heard of either), and therefore I have no basis on which to judge your opinion. Are you a good player yourself? Are you a nice person? Or do you fail at FFXI, the internets, and life and therefore are sticking up for the only friend you have because yes, they fail as well, but at least they'll accept you for you. I don't know anything about you, so I have no reason to listen to you. I can only accept your word that you are Saraph's friend and therefore you know more about him than the people who partied with him once or twice.
However, the people who have partied with this person once or twice are not criticizing him as a friend. For all they care, we can all go out and become Saraph's best friend tomorrow. No, they are stating from experience what this player has done that has been detrimental to their playing experience in FFXI, and therefore the reason that they think that Saraph is a lousy player. This simply gives anyone who decides to read this page a fair warning as to what we can expect if we invite this person to an exp party, nothing more. Also, these are people whose skills may or may not be respected (honestly, the OP of the short thread about Saraph I wouldn't have been inclined to listen to in the first place, as I didn't know him either), and who have earned any respect that we here on alla have for their opinions. You are unknown (that is not to say that you are a bad person, player, or untrustworthy), and therefore we are less inclined to listen to your opinions without any facts or evidence supporting your arguments.
Finally, as I stated at the beginning of my post and in the other thread, Saraph is old news. I would be willing to bet that most people here are more than willing to forget him entirely. You came here defending someone many people didn't remember to begin with, and did so using poor grammar and showing nothing to support your arguments. Personally, I will decide for myself whether or not Saraph is a bad person/player when and if I party with him, and I honestly hope that even the people who read this thread are willing to give someone a fair chance most of the time. My best advice to you, Tarutoo, is to drop the subject, let it go, and keep playing your game.
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