If you can't be nice then don't bother replying. Save yourself some time in the process.
My grandmother always told me that If you dont have anything nice to say, then dont say anything at all.
the fact remains that what ever you want to call it, or even what title you give other machines, the Raspberry Pi IS a computer. same as you desktop pc is a computer, the ECU in your car is a computer. They are all just different types of computers.the problem is that a personal computer has dropped the "personal" bit and is has hijacked the term Computer.
Since the days of windows 95 and the advent of plug and pray, computers have become more and more user friendly and people with very little computer knowledge can quite easy manage the use of the computer from day to day. this in itself had annoyed a lot of the old-school computer hackers, because instead of learning how do do things, they just want people to tell them how to do it, which is why a lot of the time forums degenerate into verbal abuse and elitism. Fact is you have start to learn sometime. LOL, another one that anoys the hell out of me is the clowns that think that the post count adds up to anything other than they have a lot of time to post stuff. (for classic examples of this, take a look at the digitalspy.co.uk forums)
oh [insert deity of choice], this post is degenerating into all that I hate about computers and the internet... lol...
The fact that computers have become a lot easier to use we have ended up with a society of people all on the internet and are not clued up enough to actually keep themselves safe from people using the internet to cheat & con them. I have often wondered if or when we will end up with a licence to go online. You have to pass a proficiency test to gauge peoples ability to spot a phishing site/email & forum etiquette.
In my days of running or being a mod on forums, the only thing I insisted on is help those who help themselves. If they ask a question, point them in the right direction to find the answer. one of my favourites was to use this little gem http://bit.ly/sTpGUV
just to keep it light hearted. If they came back and it was obvious they had been researching the problem, then I would help... again, I never just handed over an answer, just point them in the right direction. I try to ignore stupid questions, as the stupid answers I would like to give would not be taken too well.
I cant wait to get my hands on my pi, its going to be a bit like when I first went to Disney's Magic Kingdom. It made me feel like a kid again... getting stuck into some pi is going to be like the days I first got a Sinclair spectrum and became addicted to computers and computing. To this day, I get the shakes if I am more than 10 metres away from some form of computer....