Ok, let me explain it better, what i mean with "how MAME started". From the majority of users POV, MAME was and is a emulator, nothing more or less and a emulator is mainly there for playing old games from abondened/discontinued hardware. Your problem is, that you face this from your developers POV and now trying to pigeonhole me into a category, even if you dont know my past. To clarify this, i am very well aware of your POV and i really respect all your effort. What you say with "what the developers cared about since the beginning" is not a MAME exclusive thing, there where other emulators with the same aim, but with the difference that they mostly and unfortunately didnt survived your so called "long run". It makes me sad, how you always try to make me look like a complete idiot. So from my POV i am NOT 100% completely wrong and i just wanted to reflect how the casual user sees MAME and that it doesnt matter how hard you try to overlook this fact. Someone who downloads MAME do this in 99% of the cases,with the intention to play games... even if you dont like this fact.
You dismantle my post in a wrong way and try to implement things i never talked about initially. I never said, that people with ancient setups are contributing anything. I only said that people with a CRT setup actually care a lot more about accuracy then most of the people with modern setups. So if you talk about accuracy and kick CRT-support (thank godness it will not happen), you harm people that take care of accuracy, believe it or not. Dont mix two different things, by putting this community into the same category of the guys that are moaning about something is slow. I for example never did this, show me one single case where i did this. I dont give a shit, if game x/y is slow and also never complained about this or said how bad the devs are to us, cause the game could run faster. I am not this stereotype and i wish you realize this.
"You're falling into the same incorrect line of thinking that other anti-MAME apologists have tried to put forth over the years, which is that every user has the potential to be a useful contributor. That hasn't proven to be true in the 19 years that MAME has been around, and it's not true now. Someone who can't even figure out how to operate MAME from the command line isn't going to suddenly turn around and contribute a working driver for Polygonet Commanders. Sorry to break it to you, but the MAME team doesn't hand out participation trophies, and every user isn't created equal. Wake up and smell the shit you're shoveling. "
You are so wrong with this statement and you take this to some extreme level too, by describing it with some noob-kinda person, that cant even operate MAME from the command line. Of course you maybe cant expect much from such a person. I have learned my lessons from the past and you would only wonder what i did silently in the past. Your problem is the definition of "contribute" and only a person who "silently" solves some huge driver problems, is a worth person. Whenever a first post person comes in, you most of the time have the habit to treat it like shit. I dont mind any "participation trophies", i do things because my passion to some emulation drives it and i have no problems to keep it this way. I wish i had your skills for contributing that you consider "worth", but i am also fine with my tiny, small steps i can do. You are blessed with awesome skill, then start to calm your tits. Maybe then you will realize, that you could way faster met people like Calamity for example.