|"All of which completely misses the point of course. Are you going to tell all the developers (and users) who've already left RISC OS to "get a thicker skin"? It's not surprising after places like TIB openly antagonising people that they no longer bother."
Yes. To make such a decision based on some comments by very, very few people who don't even constitute 1% of active users is out of all proportion.
Put it in perspective. You, me and Chris from Drobe (for arguments sake) could post some comments personally attacking 'druck'. He then says to the other 3000 people - "Sorry, I'm leaving RISC OS and taking my software with me because three people insulted me."
"Are you going to tell the handful of remaining developers the same message? That they have to sit there or ignore people who are being insulting, lazy or dishonest? They may well have far better things to do."
Yes. Such as running their business, programming, family life. Newsgroups are hardly pivitol in most people's lives.
"If Firefox is so important, then people other than just me should also be making a huge effort. It's not enough for hundreds of people to be appreciative, but have to suffer such users compounded by getting peanuts for your efforts."
I doubt that most users have the programming skills necessary to help with Firefox.
I understand that you are angry because of the insults. There is no argument... such comments are inappropriate for newsgroups. I've made personal comments in the past and regretted doing so (though not viscious or using foul language, I should add).
However, I just don't see that it is appropriate to base decisions on comments of such few people.
Furthermore, it's worth rememering that RISC OS users do not constitute a community. We do not live together, we do not know each other, we are simply users of a certain computer system. If someone wants to call you a tosser, then it's nothing to do with me, or the next user.
Anyway, I just thought it would be useful for you to consider the flipside of the coin.