This is very much in the nature of a rant
So Raspberry Pi is on Slashdot again with a post about the release of the Mk1 manufacturing circuit board. At present, at the 87 post mark, the main thread of comment is either about the layout (lots of snide comments about complexity) or rehashing the Broadcom/binary GPU blob/Openness argument. The one comment thread I've not noticed so far is the "vaporware" one!
The problem with Slashdot is that the majority of posters are Americans with a narrow, even insular technological perspective. Raspberry Pi is meaningless to them, they don't understand the reasoning behind the project, they don't understand who the target audience is, everything must be directly applicable to THEM hence the whines about openness and lack of control interfaces. The tags at the head of the Slashdot posting say it all, they only understand the Pi as a system for embedded applications, similar to Beagleboards or Arduinos, not as a standalone general purpose platform for a specifically educational purpose that just happens to have extra flexibility.
The point I suppose I'm trying to make is "Do we need to keep Slashdot informed at all?" I know there's a need to keep the Foundation in the public eye, and there's no control over WHO makes a submission to Slashdot but given the negative attitude there, and the amount of disruption it causes to this forum, perhaps there ought to be a bit of restraint over what we tell the Yanks?
Ok, rant off business as usual!
I'm just a bouncer, splatterers do it with more force.....