Umm...even if it was just a quick load/try/remove deal... do you think that's a wise or considerate thing to come right out and admit doing on the public forum of a highly visible site where a number of its members and visitors write licensed software for a living?
Just thinking out loud here.
Yeah. I don't see any problem stating that.
It's really up to mouser to moderate the posts
But I think if you read what I wrote you'd see I wasn't attempting to moderate. Nor did I suggest he shouldn't say what he did. Nor did I hit the 'report to mod' button. Nor in any other way do anything to imply he didn't have a 'right' (whatever that means in this context) to say
what he did.
To do any of the above would have been me trying to bring about an outcome. Since there was no agenda behind my question, I didn't have an outcome in mind.
I was simply asking if he thought
his comment was either wise
in light of this site's demographic.
The question has a purpose however, despite its complete lack of an agenda. I was attempting to get a better understanding of where
the person was coming from, and what
framework of conduct and etiquette he acts under.
Bit of a difference, as I'm sure you can see.
I think Mssr. Bamse understood where I
was coming from in trying to get a better handle on where he was coming from.
And although his answer didn't really address my question, some of what he said gives me an inkling of which set of justifications and beliefs he uses when he downloads an unauthorized copy of something. (It's mostly the apologist
or "yeah but" argument BTW)
I'm good with that. Next time he says something along those lines I'll better understand him even where I don't agree with him.
Note: The arguments most downloaders
use fall into general theory groups whose logic, ethics, and choice of words range from the deep and thought provoking to the completely childish and ludicrous. Read enough of them and you'll see the pattern.
Note too I used the terms downloaders
and unauthorized copies
rather than the usual pirates
; or pirated/bootlegged/stolen
My word choice was deliberate because I make no
judgments about people who download works from sources outside the creator's intended channels. People do what they do. And the only personal behaviors I ever presume to regulate or condemn are my own.