The Foundation"s core plan is not to develop some sort of "open platform", their objective is to bring forth a cheap tool for teaching IT. Some members have not yet read the goals of the Foundation, it seems.
So what is the problem exactly with cheap alternatives or the fact that it inspires others to produce alternatives ? I have read the education meme over and over again I even saw some remarks that there was some hope for sparking alternatives (I really liked that idea, personally I hope we will get some fun alternatives – competition is always good) but now that it seems those alternatives are getting into the market, it is suddenly all bad and "cheecky".
Hell for the educational public it seems a very big plus that they will be able to chose out of a different range of products and maybe get more bang from their buck.
You can pull all the other stuff in it about bashing, criticism but in these thread I have not seen anything harsh in that regards.
One thing that really bothers me with the raspberry pi is nothing technical but the atmosphere arround it. Some have extremely big toes to step on. Something I have also witnessed in the "official" reactions on the frontpage or on this forum.
To be honest I personally don"t have a good feeling if I see some of the communications especially to some customers. Sometimes I really have the feeling you aren"t allow to make any critical remark whatsoever… . Or that they throw it on the same pile as the "meaningless" trolling... . A very easy thing to do if you want to have no discussion.
PS: if it isn"t about openness they should really make that more clear because if I look at different sites and reactions, most see it as an open platform. Then again educate me how things like XBMC fits into education ?
I be interested if you could point out areas where you think the Admins/Mods of the site have been unnecessarily harsh. From my own point of view, I am pretty easy going, allowing threads to continue when many other sites would already have deleted them. I also only criticise when I think there is something to critisise. I have never banned anyone either, and have allowed quite a lot of criticism, but if I see critisism, I expect to be able to respond to it in kind - that is only fair. You criticise us, we criticise you (if there is something to criticise). And yes, there usually is something to criticise - either someone has completely failed to read up before posting (have you any idea how annoying it is to answer the same question over and over again because some noggin cannot be arsed to read the FAQ? Time that could be spent on answering real questions), or is promoting something that needs criticism, or for being unnecessarily rude (We will really stomp on the last category - you have very little scope for rudeness here)
Remember, there are 44k posts on here, there are bound to be a few minors issues. The VAST majority of these posts are polite, well meaning, occasionally critical, but entirely acceptable.
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