Well, I’m for Hanyu Pinyin, but not rabidly so, as some posters and moderators in this forum seem to be, so here’s what I think.
As far as personal names go, I’m definitely with Hobart. If the official spelling (or personal preference, what do I know) of Lee Teng-hui is Lee Teng-hui and not Li Denghui, then Lee Teng-hui is the way it should be spelled in ABC (or English or whatever you may want to call it), and no other way. After all, if you spell your name Jeff, you don’t want to see it as Geoff, right? It’s the same thing.
Now the romanization of Chinese words in general is a completely different thing, as we have clearly seen here on Oriented.
But I also agree with Hobart that if I choose to spell in a certain way that may not tally with moderator ideologies, then no one should change the way I spell it. I may have my own ideologies and may be making a deliberate point in the same way as the Hanyu Pinyin advocates are, and why should their opinions weigh heavier than the original poster’s? After all, it’s his or her opinion. If the moderator doesn’t agree, he/she is very welcome to say so in a post under his/her name. I mean, as C.H. Lin tried to say (theatre - theater) if I like to use British spelling, should we have someone change all that to US spelling, or the other way around, just because it tickles a certain moderator’s fancy? I think not.
And the argument that Taipei City government has decided to go for Hanyu Pinyin… Is this a forum for Taipei residents only? If it was, maybe (say maybe) this would be a valid argument, but since it seems that there is the odd poster from outside of Taipei, then posters should be allowed to romanize Chinese differently from Hanyu Pinyin if that is the preference of the poster.