> > What you never grasped is that Mame was never yours to begin with, you and yours > > hijacked it and have finally succeeded in all-but-destroying a once-beautiful > thing. > > Of course, you'll never see it that way as that would require a degree empathy and > > dropping the elitest bullshit. Sociopaths are incapable of doing either. > > I honestly doubt MooglyGuy's a sociopath, but I actually am. So without empathy > clouding my judgement, I can say you're full of shit. MooglyGuy's been contributing > to the project for about a decade and a half. He's in a far better position to say > what the project is or isn't about than a halfwit like you.
Vas, you know we get along great, but seriously, chill. I was planning on responding to this last night before MarlonK got around to it, but I've been at a convention this whole weekend so my access to my laptop is a bit spotty.
I do think that sometimes other devs and I are a bit too abrasive towards users, and it's not unfair at all to point it out. It's a topic worth talking about, because I think there are valid arguments to be made on both sides of the debate.
Realistically, there's a finite amount of arguments people can make about the direction that MAME should be heading in, and there isn't a whole lot that the team haven't heard yet. Pretty much any sort of criticism or concern has been answered years ago. Does that necessarily entitle us to get angry if someone comes along asking one of these questions? It's something worth asking.
Personally, I try to stay civil with an initial response unless a thread is already heading in a given direction. I'm happy to answer a question. If a person doesn't like the answer and starts to get an attitude about it, though, then I see no reason why I shouldn't meet the attitude with more of the same. It's the general idea of respect: I will respect your right to ask a question if you will respect my right to give you an answer that you might not like. If your response escalates from that point, I will escalate in kind. Again, I see no reason why I should have to take an attitude from someone with a smile when at the end of the day I'm not being paid for my buoyant personality.
I feel that the argument can be made that we should be more willing to answer innocent questions, no matter how "just asking questions"-like (if you get my meaning) a person is. I also feel that we should not be held to some sort of arbitrarily high standard of conduct if things start to go south from there.
I'm not sure where the discussion can go from here, but let's not pretend that it isn't a subject worth discussing. If MarlonK and I can come to some sort of an agreement, I think you can at least try to be reasonable, Vas.