It seems Paul has removed his post after receiving, what I must assume, was the exact opposite sort of feedback to what he wanted.
I have removed this post because of the amount of misinterpretation people have read into it. After being verbally lynched by developers and members of the OSD community who feel I have wronged them by sharing my opinions, I have decided it is best to forget the whole thing,
This has been a very eye opening experience for me. The mob mentality of some of the people involved in this is disturbing to say the least. This has left me with an entirely different impression than the one I had when I originally wrote this post.
To those I have offended so extremely you have my sincere apologies, but please look at the way you handle these types of issues and ask yourself if maybe your actions are a little extreme at times.
I am not sure what misinterpretation there was. Being told you are greedy and make them sick by someone is pretty clear cut to me, not a lot to misinterpret there.
Again with the pity call "lynched by developers and members of the OSD community who feel I have wronged them by sharing my opinions"
He shares his it's ok, but if anyone disagrees and shares their opinions then they are part of a disturbing mob mentality.
Paul, sharing opinions and insulting people are two different things.
You got a 'mob' because you made a wide range and far reaching insult that offended a lot of people. Make a post saying any "AAAA type/race/religion/job people make me sick" and you would get the same reaction from that community.
There is a saying I love that is appropriate here.
If you get kicked out of one bar. It's probably the bar's fault.
But if you get kicked out of every bar. The problem isn't with the bars.
You can decide which group you belong in.
The worst thing though is that this apology is not one at all, it's just a cop out to avoid further offense.
The whole post is trying to point the blame back on the developers, their "mob mentality", "Verbal Lynching ..[for].. sharing my opinions" and saying they should "please look at the way you handle these types of issues and ask yourself if maybe your actions are a little extreme at times"
He didn't do anything wrong by personally insulting people. Everyone just overreacted and he is the victim here.
I wonder if the comments had all been applauding him and tearing down commercial OSDs would he have pulled the post citing a mob mentality, misinterpretation of his words and extreme actions? Would he have pulled the post?
Of course not, he would have reveled in it. Like Scrooge McDuck in his swimming pool of money.
There was no misinterpretation, and this isn't an apology. He doesn't think he did anything wrong, so is just trying to appease the people he offended with some crocodile tears.
If you want to apologize Paul, try admitting you were wrong to call people greedy and say they made you sick because they don't do things you aren't prepared to do yourself - i.e. work for free.
It doesn't work when you say sorry for offending people while simultaneously insulting them again with your mob mentality etc. comments, and expect them to believe it.
Just bite the bitter pill, swallow that pride and say a real apology if you want it to be taken seriously.