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1  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: The NANY Retrospective Thread on: September 17, 2013, 02:32:53 AM
JottiQ has pretty much fallen into non-development. There was a guy who donated  Kiss and asked for a feature I sadly couldn't deliver on. :-( In the end, I consider JottiQ feature-complete; most of the things people want are stuff that has to happen on the server end that I do not control. :-)

Cautomaton never really had users to my knowledge. Except mouser maybe; I recall he added support or a template or something in one of his robots, so maybe it had more use than I've come to hear about. :-)

All my other apps were 3-4 day hackfests that never got released because I started too late tellme and later on lost interest in finishing them. Ah well. Maybe this year!
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Designers discuss the new Yahoo Logo: "Logo, Bullshit and Co., Inc." on: September 07, 2013, 08:10:17 AM
Yeah, that logo turned out pretty crap. Can't say I'm surprised.

The only good choice is the color.. but it's kind of hard to mess up on a single color that is pretty much defined by the old logo already, too...
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Best CPU Coolers: 10-Way Roundup on: September 06, 2013, 07:59:45 PM
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AMD may not be getting as much enthusiast love as it used to, but the company's APU range is still where it's at for home theater-style systems, so I didn't hesitate to pick one up for a new compact media-streaming box recently. Unfortunately, while the chip was a relatively powerful yet affordable solution for playing 1080p content, it was surprisingly loud -- we're talking enough noise that I thought something was wrong with my power supply. Upon inspection, it wasn't the PSU and nothing was wrong per se, the stock AMD cooler was just being obnoxious, especially for a living room setup.

I thought I could get away with slowing the CPU fan in the BIOS, but that caused a drastic temperature spike and left me seeking a more elaborate solution. It's one that proved to be relatively simple: the Xigmatek Janus, a small heatsink and fan combo for Mini-ITX systems.

Strangely enough, that very same day I found myself facing another CPU cooler problem while building a Sandy Bridge-E rig with my friend. Having bought all the parts, we discovered that the Core i7-3820 processor didn't come with a cooler. Instead, Intel sells its heatsink/fan separately for $30. Although I knew he'd need a cooler, I wasn't prepared to answer my buddy's question when he asked which model to purchase.

It had been years since our last CPU cooler roundup so my knowledge was a little dated ...



from Techdirt (and mousers demand that I post it)
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WinRAR and software publisher on: September 05, 2013, 09:04:21 AM
For as far code-signing goes (I assume you mean you want your companies name to show up in UAC prompts and the sort), you need to pay a fair price for it. They're like SSL certificates, except waaay pricier.

It really sucks; I tried looking in the past to see if I could get one of these on the cheap, but it wasn't meant to be.
5  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Anyone in for a 4-pack of God Mode? on: August 27, 2013, 04:51:10 PM
A four-pack of most other games and I would have been in without giving it a second thought, but this is the one kind of title that absolutely holds zero interest with me. Sorry. smiley
6  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font INCREDIBLY small on: August 27, 2013, 10:46:55 AM
I think it might even be the case that monitor have 4 subpixels per pixel, two of which are green - exactly because of what you mention with green being the color we are most sensitive to. And yeah, I can't recall seeing green either - but I didn't want to leave that color out because I figured that would just bring new questions I have no real answers to. xD

Compression artifacts are hell. I've done some video encoding, I've done plenty of research into codecs and all that jazz.. and I just notice everything. Practically, my biggest annoyance is with JPEGs and/or other undersized wallpapers; the blurriness ruins wallpapers for me. It either has to have a native resolution matching or trumping my screen, or I can't use it. People don't get it, saying it looks fine. Really annoying. Alas, that's a different conversation entirely though. xD
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font INCREDIBLY small on: August 27, 2013, 08:49:17 AM
That's exactly why I leave it turned off. IMO it does exactly the opposite of what it's supposed to. The subpixels used to extend font edges just make it look fuzzy to me.

Just to make sure: ClearType is properly configured? There's a couple different layouts for subpixels (think red-green-blue or blue-green-red), and it is badly configured it can look absolutely terrible.

Besides that, I can understand liking a Cleartype-less font; it indeed does have some charms. (And compression artifacts.. depending on the kind of compression and the degree of it, I can't stand it either. But it is very situational for me.)
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font INCREDIBLY small on: August 27, 2013, 06:30:00 AM
Yes, that is indeed ClearType at work. ClearType basically uses knowledge of the physical layout of subpixels (the red, green and blue components that give a normal pixel its color) to emphasize the weight of letters. This is why, when you take a screenshot and zoom in on the pixels, the edges tend to be frayed with dull reddish, greenish or blueish shades.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font INCREDIBLY small on: August 27, 2013, 02:30:40 AM
After resetting Windows to 96 DPI, rechecked PicPick / GreenShot Options screens.  They're a bit smaller than before, but STILL WAY easier to read than SSC.


It sounds like you're misunderstanding the options in Windows. The DPI setting doesn't change the dot pitch (size of pixels / number of DPI). In fact if you're using a flat panel monitor nothing can change the dot pitch. It's fixed at the monitor's native (highest) resolution. It can simulate lower resolutions, but unless they're exact multiples of the horizontal and/or vertical native resolution there will be some blurring. If it's a CRT monitor you can lower the actual resolution. In either case you need to do that in the options for adjusting resolution, not DPI.


The Windows DPI thing is a weird monstrosity. The original design was for it to be flexible so that things would always be the same physical size, but pretty close to the beginning it got 'rusted' stuck in the default. (Probably because flexible UI and pretty UI are hard, especially so in those low-resolution beginnings.) In other words, it pretty much never 'matches' any hardware intentionally in the world that we know.

Changing the Windows DPI setting does not change the resolution; the amount of pixels outputted and put onto your monitor should be the same regardless. If you play with the DPI setting, the only thing that seems to really change nowadays are the sizes of fonts, because those are the only visual thing that was 'designed' with DPI in mind. (Except in certain cases like SSC, where that DPI is not taken into consideration.)

Calling it a 'DPI setting' nowadays is honestly really confusing, because it has little to do with any physical DPI anymore. The fact only very select elements can be trusted to grow/shrink along with changes to it only makes it more awkward. There is honestly one thing it is good for nowadays, and that is what cathie28 is using it for: increasing the size of fonts without needing to change the resolution.... assuming programs listen! :-(
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font incredibly small on: August 26, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
Wow, that's a mouthful.
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The font size looks decent to me,

Where does it look "decent size?"  In your Actual Options screen?  Or looking at my screen shot?  I noted that AFTER my shot is attached on the forum, it makes the font looks bigger & darker than the actual GUI or the actual screen shot (when viewed in SSC)  - least, to me.  I promise, font is much smaller & lighter in actual GUI.

I was going by your screenshot. The letters don't look much different from my default DPI setup, but since my eyes are still fine that may have been a bad way of expressing myself. I've seen many websites in the past that like to use smaller text for entire paragraphs of text, so all I meant to say is 'I'm reading this and not feeling annoyed about the size being wrong compared to what I am used to'.

For the text on your screenshot being darker... does your ClearType configuration affect how it comes out any?

AND - as mentioned - some font on Options GUI is even smaller than the rest.

What do you consider a "decent size," in terms looking in a word processor, Wordpad, etc., at a similar font style, same SIZE - that's in SSC Options?
Can you type in something in Wordpad (look like Arial) & change font size till it matches SSC Options GUI?  What is the pt size that matches YOUR SSC Options GUI?

If you type in normal Arial (no bold, dark) @ 7 pts or less, in an editor / processor, is 7 pt Arial a "decent size" to you?  It's sure as hell not to me or most people my age, even w/ corrective lenses @ 20/20.  
7 pt or less is what matches my SSC Options GUI.  How old are you (rhetorical question) & how far is your nose from monitor?  Using laptop or desktop?

I'm way too tired for a comparitive measure with my own screen, typing letters and comparing them on a pixel level to see how well they match. Unless other people aren't interested in doing that by the time I get around to re-visiting this topic. :-)

For as far my screen is concerned: I've got a 1920x1200 24" screen, and if I stretch my hands out in front of me the tips of my middle fingers can barely reach my screen. (Unless I hunch over, but I'm keeping my back against the back of my chair here.)

Yes, I increased my Windows font DPI - only to 110 (default = 96).  That works great w/ 99% of everything & I use a LOT of apps.
But, increasing DPI SHOULD make the font on Options GUI a bit larger - not smaller (if it affects it at all - it doesn't, AFAICT).  

I only recently increased Vista DPI from Default.  The font on SSC's Options GUI has ALWAYS been tiii-nyyy.  

Some apps for some GUIs ignore Windows settings (it seems).  Many increase menu & some GUI font size based on Windows settings - even based on font sizes chosen in Appearance Settings > Advanced.  Some apps ignore it all.

I never meant increasing DPI would make the text smaller.  It is indeed supposed to make it look bigger. My point was that the code is probably oblivious to the concept of 'DPI', and thus renders text at a certain fixed size. Because everything else is bigger, of course this same-old-size text appears smaller. But it is the same size as before.

Not sure I understand your intent, there.  Sounds like you're saying, SSC doesn't have ability to adjust  Options GUI font based on Windows settings.  Not surprising - lots of apps can't.  If so, has absolutely nothing to do w/ Options font size being tiny in 1st place.  UNLESS you're hinting that increasing Windows DPI actually caused SSC to REDUCE its font size?  Don't think it did that (hope not - that'd be crazy).

Nope, we would seem to be in agreement (see above). However, from your screenshot, I got the impression your issue was caused by the text being small while being used to the text sizes common to the increased DPI setting. The size as it is is not a size I feel is wrong for a standard computer setting; there is a gotcha here though... one that becomes quite apparent in your Vurbal's later screenshots: the fonts used are different!

The font SSC uses is the more 'antiquated' MS Sans Serif I believe. This used to be the standard for Windows interfaces from Windows 3.1? all the way upto XP. It is optimized for smaller screens, has a plain and crisp look, and generally has its roots in the lower definition world. However, Vista and Office (some version I forgot) finally introduced a bunch of new fancy fonts which became defaults of their own right. Segoe UI is the new one which was engineered for better legibility on screens with higher definition and all that jazz. This font, at similar 'point sizes', is considerably larger (and by consequence more legible) than MS Sans Serif, which is likely another, if not the main reason that the SSC Options look so tiny in comparison.

I've got experience with both camps; many applications I use daily still have their UI rooted in the old fonts, while more modern applications have made the switch. If I compare your screenshot with some of those apps, it is exactly the same size, and I have zero problems using it. But if I compare it with those other applications, it indeed feels tinier.

Is it a problem? Kind of. The one that is most to blame is Microsoft: it is the same OS, but UI standards change from OS to OS to OS. But given the fair amount of users that are likely still relying on XP, it probably isn't feasible to switch over to a full Vista+ look either. (And two different looks is a pain to maintain.)

Finally.. I of course don't speak for mouser. I only speak for me and my personal experiences. :-)

Edit: Also, I understand that your needs require addressing. But this is likely not a simple problem. Rather than a work-around (bigger fonts), or implementing dpi scaling, the entire options window probably needs re-architecting to be less reliant on so much text and categories (Window Capturing 1 & 2? Bad UI right there.) There's a lot more wrong with the options window; this is just one of many cracks that show its age.
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SSC 4.5 options GUI font incredibly small on: August 26, 2013, 02:46:17 PM
The font size looks decent to me, but I notice the caption bar is larger than usual on your system. This makes me think you've increased the DPI on your system so you get larger letters throughout. Thus, rather than forcing letters to always be tiny, it is a simply matter of the UI not having the capability to adjust alongside the dynamic nature of bigger letters (which involves testing whether stuff will disappear off-screen, wraps to the next line, buttons suddenly being too small for their contents, ugly scrollbars appearing where you wouldn't want them, etc.)

Which makes this a typical bug of a program that does not like to play nice a DPI other than the Windows default. xD

@cathie28: There's no reason other than 'many program environments do not give much thought about playing nice with non-standard environments'. Even when a programmer uses the tools he is given, it often ends up with situations like these. (Of course, there's also situations where programmers use said tools wrongly and it is relatively trivial to fix it; I can't judge this situation one way or another given that I'm not mouser!)

With enough effort, this screen can be fixed. However, this often tends to involve a crap load of work - either by forcing said 'tools' to do stuff they weren't created to do, or by rewriting the entire screen from scratch using another method. I know several programs which have stalled exactly because rewriting screens like these is a huge chunk of time the authors do not deem worth it.

In the end, if this is indeed the root of the problem, it would be up to mouser to estimate the amount of effort involved in fixing it. It could definitely involve a lot more work than a non-programmer might think this would involve.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nonplussed - Windows 7 random BSODS on: August 26, 2013, 12:58:43 PM
What other hardware does the user have at home? I recall reading about a Microsoft kernel/driver engineer who at one point had similarly crazy problems, and he found out that his external harddrive had a bug in its driver that caused such BSODs. (He also managed to get the bug pushed to the vendor and fixed, so that specific one shouldn't be an issue anymore).

Regardless, I can well imagine it being some sort of weird interplay. One wonky USB port, one wonky device, or maybe just some mutual sneaky dislike somehow. It wouldn't be the first time the problem was sneaky like that.
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: Dina font in size 7, 6.5 or 6 ? on: August 21, 2013, 05:15:47 AM
That looks damn sexy. Awesomeness. I look forward to the final release. xD
14  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: MyWamp Server on: July 25, 2013, 04:14:01 PM
The one thing you give a screenshot of is the most boring part. Going by that, it looks like it is 'just another webdev bundle program'...

Can you enlighten us on this vagueish paragraph?

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MyWamp Server also comes pre-packaged with several web applications that provide useful services for database backup and recovery and even a web-based IDE. Many more features coming soon!

What does it include, what do you have planned? Etc.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware = CRAP! on: July 24, 2013, 06:34:29 AM
You most likely have your cause and effect confused. Screenshot Capter is a completely legitimate and quality piece of software. Are you sure you downloaded it from this website?

Regardless, I suspect the problems you have were encountered while browing on another website or installing other software. Screenshot Captor has many thousands of happy users and is one of the most popular pieces of software offered on this website.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview on: June 21, 2013, 05:11:36 AM
Them ditching Presto is probably amongst the stupidest decisions they could have made. I mean, Webkit is one thing, but they seem to have lost all the features that made Opera the technological leader that other browsers followed (mouse gestures, tabs and lots of other functionality). Right now, it's lost that all.

I'm not impressed, and will probably end up switching to Chrome some time in the next ~6 months. :-(
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Log CPU and memory usage on: June 19, 2013, 10:03:33 AM
The problem is that there is no such thing as the general state of a system. Tons of things affect performance. Process Explorer shows the biggest troublemakers in its graphs: CPU, Memory, I/O and Network usage. If those are consistently in action while a computer is idle, that is probably the biggest common denominators you can check for for your usecase.

But I still feel uneasy with your snapshot mindset; I just don't know what it will get you. You won't find enough information to tell you what is wrong, unless the problem hangs around until you come to check in on it, in which case you didn't need the snapshot to begin with.

I've had a use for VMMap and RamMap a couple of times while virus & malware hunting in the last several years. They're tools I rarely use, but they're pretty damn useful once you know what you're looking for. :-)

Anyhow, I'll assume you know what you want best. As a computer problem solver, I just can't help but shake off the feeling that you'll end up with (a lack of) information that will make it relatively useless to you to use.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Log CPU and memory usage on: June 18, 2013, 10:57:42 PM
I'm going out on a limb and ask you why this is important to have. The amount of Virtual Memory allocated by a process doesn't represent the amount of 'physically' takes up in your RAM, so while high numbers may show you there is a bad memory leak or greedy memory usage in a program, it won't mean anything with regards to 'improving' your computers performance. It's like profiling a cars performance by blindly gauging its speed and fuel left in the tank, not keeping in mind whether you are inside a city, stopped at a traffic light, or whether you may have a caravan hooked up.

Most likely, you have a specific issue, causing bad performance in a certain situation and you want to know what causes it. In general, the Sysinternals programs have a lot of diagnostic tools that can help you with this kind of issue. Download the whole suite, and unzip them somewhere of your liking (mine go into C:\Programs\Sysinternals); they're a pretty useful bunch all around. The majority you'll (almost) never use, some you'll end up using daily.

Autoruns won't help your situation too much, but it basically msconfig on steroids. Most places where programs can hook into your computer and slow it down is listed inside of it, and you can either disable or delete items to try and improve your computers performance.

Process Explorer is a replacement for Task Manager. Just get it. Seriously. GET IT. It's the powertool of process management, showing you so much ******* shit about all of your proceses that 99% of the time you'll find a very strong clue, if not direct cause, to what is causing your computer to slow down. If you keep it running in the tray, you can pop it up at any time and see the processes recent behaviour with regards to CPU, Memory and I/O. It's very easy to see which processes keep hammering your computer every few seconds, for example. The first thing I do after I reinstall Windows is to replace Task Manager with this program; it is really THAT useful.

Process Monitor is basically a logger such as the one you are looking for. However, it is also the most cumbersome to use. Why? Because it logs ****** everything. A program accessing a single value inside the Registry tends to cause multiple log entries, for example. It tracks all processes. Having it running for five seconds can easily give you 10,000 lines of diagnostic information. On a good note, it has a very powerful filtering system, so after you are done capturing it (or before you start), you can just hide everything you don't want logged. This tends to not focus on memory or cpu, but rather on actions performed. If a process stalls, you can easily spot it because the timestamps will show a gap, and Process Monitor more than likely shows what the program was doing right before or after that. All around though, this thing is like a needle in a haystack, and requies a fair bit of effort, especially if you lack experience with it.

RamMap is a kind of Process Explorer, focusing only on the memory usage at a specific point in time. Much of the simple information is stuff Process Explorer also offers, but the views in this are far better for comparing the behaviour in which its memory is used.

VMMap basically dissects a running process, showing you exactly what 'health' it was in at a certain point in time. It's basically RamMap, except it is focused on one process as opposed to being focused on your entire machines memory situation. It isn't very useful for an end-user, although it can sometimes give clues towards certain behaviour. Basically, it shows you how much memory it uses and what kind of purpose and traits it holds. For experienced users, it can be useful for spotting malware or securty holes in software.

In general, the last two or even three one are not something you want or need to use. Sometimes really extreme numbers can totally tell you what is wrong: a driver reserving tons of memory and preventing applications from using it, programs polling the registry every second, thousands of ever-increasing handles being consumed by processes: stuff like that which is otherwise hard to diagnose can become really visible with these tools.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A Windows 7 "WTF?" problem - anybody know what causes this? on: June 08, 2013, 04:55:37 PM
You may want to try running Process Monitor as an Administrator on one of the affected boxes, and then reproduce the issue. (Of course, that is assuming that the Event Log doesn't have a more helpful message than you have already shared with us.)
20  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: Coders have until jan 1,2013 (forum time aka CST) to post releases on: January 01, 2013, 06:51:39 AM
I totally didn't make it. Starting ~30 hours before the deadline really is a little bit too late. tongue The stuff I have right now is more of a Proof of Concept than a proper NANY submission, so I'm afraid it'll stay hidden. I'm sorry to have gotten your hopes up a little bit back in IRC, mouser. cheesy

I might do a late normal release later this year. Or in one month from now. Whenever it's ready. NAMY. (New Apps for the Mid Year); I'm totally starting a new cooler party. Thmbsup
21  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Outpost 2009 – A lifetime license for 3 PCs for the price of a 1-year! on: December 18, 2012, 02:56:27 AM
Awesome, good to know. I'm just making sure there's no shady business going on as seems to have become a bit of a recurring trend surrounding lifetime licenses. smiley

Also, apologies for not reading back and checking the topic. I'm kinda tired at present. xD
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Outpost 2009 – A lifetime license for 3 PCs for the price of a 1-year! on: December 18, 2012, 02:06:47 AM
Warning, pessimist at work!

What kind of track record does this company have regarding 'lifetime licenses'? Is the license for all versions of the suite, forever? Or just version X?

How about 'we stop putting out updates for old versions of the software; upgrade (with $$$) if you want more of your free updates' and so forth?

Throughout the years, I've started seeing 'lifetime licenses' as an early indicator of a new 'replacement' product version coming out that won't be covered by said license.
23  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / N.A.N.Y. 2013 Idea on: December 02, 2012, 03:57:56 AM
So I'm lacking the time to do the project I was hoping to work on for NANY 2013 (good thing I didn't pledge), but I have some half-finished scripts lying around that may be NANY worthy-ish if I can figure out packaging, library licenses and the sort. But I've got no clue if anyone has a use for it, hence this post here.

Do you video-edit using Sony Vegas but end up with source material it cannot read because it happens to have the form of a MKV container? Does the situation tend to end up in you finding a 'video converting tool' that transcodes and basically behaves like a lengthy full render cycle (= 'a lossy to lossier copy' with all the loss of detail that may have happened as a result)? Would you prefer to work directly off of the original material without any loss in image or sound quality?

Simply put, I am a detail-oriented ass, and if I can at all avoid re-encoding, I will avoid said re-encoding: that is how this script came to be. What my script does is basically use opensource tools to remux the file you give it to process into a more manageable format, which is basically like pouring the contents of a coffee mug into a tea cup. The end result is the same drink, except now you fit in with the local tea addicts. smiley

  • The script will never transcode; transcoding isn't only messy business but it is difficult too. There's better tools for that than what I can create, and if you want to seriously video edit hopefully quality is your number 1 concern. So it works, or it fails.
  • It only deals with one video stream and one audio stream at present. If necessary, I can look into viability of transferring all audio streams over; I simply haven't needed that functionality.
  • Soft subtitles (ones that are not a part of the video itself) are not remuxed; I ran into some problems with this and didn't need it anyway.
  • If at all possible, the script outputs a MP4 container. In some cases though, this is not possible, and it outputs an AVI instead.
  • There's a good chance your files may be remuxable, but my script fails at it. There's a lot of nuances to video material, and I only made it work with the stuff I've come across thus far. If I end up releasing this, I'll do my best to try and support the remuxing of other formats as well.

I don't think there'll be any interest in this, but just in the off case there is... let me know. smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hello Strangers. on: November 22, 2012, 08:32:32 PM
Regardless, we all wish you the best. Both of you please take the time to mourn, and more-so time to appreciate what you still have together. Cool
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Two classes of membership here? on: November 18, 2012, 02:25:21 AM
Equally, mouser is not really as reasonable as many of us are depicting him with our words. This is typical behaviour for forum admins:

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can't say I get the warmest feeling from the posts you have made recently

It's a common boss admin power statement and mouser's not above this.

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It doesn't mean mouser should never use these words nor was he wrong/I'm morally against him stating these words. It's just the bare reality, we're not a 100% rational forum community.

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(Bolding courtesey of me, so I can keep PaulKeith's words in context rather than focus on one snippet that serves my point. Snipping the rest though; it's too long a post! Grin)

So, PaulKeith, after reading that I am somewhat puzzled. On one hand, you are against mouser speaking out with his thoughts and impressions, which imo are as valid as anyone elses, simply because he is an admin and is easily misunderstood as him throwing his 'weight' around. On the other hand, you praise him for speaking along with all of us, in-depth and taking the time to involve himself as opposed to a more hands-off style of moderating and administering a forum. There is no perfect solution for something like this, and I don't think there ever will be either.

I myself have not read any of the other relevant topics, so I do not know who this 'clean' is on his normal account, nor do I need or want to know. However, from what I have seen, the negativity in this thread has not come from mouser or the moderators, but rather from the tone set at the beginning where all kinds of bad things are implied and suggested, thus basically putting mouser in a position where he either bows his head in apology, or slams down the hammer of the law and is called the not-so-benevolent dictator. (The apology happened, for those too lazy to read back.)

Or in other words: in my eyes, the way this topic started blocked off any kind of civilized discussion, pushing it towards the extremes of either defending or attacking, apologizing or punishing. Likewise, there are those who should have tried to avoid the 'protect mouser' mindset that PaulKeith referred to; it just reinforces the appearance of an established order that keeps newer members out. Neither 'side' contributed to having a discussion we can be proud of to have on this board. To summarize: politics season is over, and we can go back to normal now. tellme

We are all civilized people. Let's respect one another as fellow people, and discuss matters like equals. Because that is where our strength, both as humans as well as the Donationcoder community, lies. If we can't do that, haven't we failed the purpose of this forum? (In which case I wish that there'd be some hope left for humanity as a whole still... smiley)
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