I dont believe there was any issue like that. I believe it was merely a case of No communication at all.
Such as, hey buddy, I painted your house. (no response from buddy... ever...)
Was there any:
"Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to dump and send these roms in. Although we can not guarantee this will be added any time soon, due to the nature of the complexity... we highly appreciate that you sent them to us for preservation.
Im sure that little write up would have went a Long way to making him feel that much better about mame and the people behind mame.. and maybe put more effort into other dumps. BTW- in case you didnt know, Jeff has a Very extensive collection of games. Im talking an entire warehouse. But hey, one might know this is actual communications were involved. Might have saved some dumping funds on some rare games / revisions that needed to be dumped.