This was originally a post made at INFINITY (link dead):AngstyMeierLink said:All those things you [AngstyMeierLink was not talking to me] mentioned up there, you take for granted. I doubt very much the creators of those things would be proud to know someone like you thinks so low of their hard work. If you ask me, its amazing those things exist when theres so many people like you out there thinking the way you do.Yes it is! Really amazing.Or rather, it would be really amazing if those developers actually did think like "the MUGEN creators" and still kept on releasing their software and updates despite the countless idiots in the world who are not grateful, who will have no idea nor the slightest interest in who authored the the program they're using, who will demand help and upgrades and kick and scream like they own your soul if nobody satisfies their requests . . .Sturgeon's Revelation or even simpler: Murphy's Law. I think maybe those developers are aware of that.You as developer can very well threaten to activate the inbuilt self-destruction mechanism of your incredibly useful and otherwise unrestricted piece of software for everyone, should anbody every dare to do XYZ.XYZ still has a good chance of happening. The more users, the higher the probability . . .Do you activate the self-destruction or don't you? You can try, and are free to place "restrictions" on your stuff, but then when XYZ actually occurs and that'd be the end of the world for you . . . if this was the mindset of everyone, then, yes, it would be amazing to still have all the free software that we got, regardless.Ergo, maybe not everybody thinks about this like "the MUGEN creators," and that's why we have more such things, despite all the morons:QuoteThis software is distributed in the hope that it will be usefulPerhaps if only a single person out of five hundred in three years enjoys it, it has already been worth distributing in the eyes of the developer, the muscian, the artist, the writer, the poet, the manufacturer, . . . the MUGEN author?AngstyMeierLink said:I know what respect is, for I have created many things, and been taken advantage of by selfish people like you [AngstyMeierLink was not talking to me] before. And I very rarely say this, but personally I find your ungrateful views offensive.Understandably, certainly!But even so, even though ungratefulness can be offensive each time it occurs, and can insult or hurt or whatever . . . I mean, yes, it sucks. Beyond question. Be cool if it didn't happen.But do or can you expect, count on it not to happen? Do you actually say to yourself, "The way it should be, I get no idiots bugging me with XYZ . . . and should I ever, the world's not fit for my contributions and if I can't change it forcibly I will withdraw from it. I'm not producing my art for the world anyway, I'm doing it 'cause I'm an artist."Sometimes that's what "the MUGEN creator" appears to say.Often, they are stronger, endure more than one "insult" and stand to suffer a bunch of XYZs before raging against the unfair universe. But at some point:"you betraaaaaaaaaaayed me too often now! Enough is enough, a single person can only take so much shit before being fed up. You're utterly terrible and I leave bitter and remain with nothing but despite for you, community. You can go die for all I care!"O_o' Bad things happen. Your will is not guaranteed to extend to anything beyond yourself. Wanting some measure of "control" over what happens with your work, yes, yes, yes dammit, yes!And it is too idealistic to expect everyone to "not care" what happens with their stuff . . . but don't you see that this wanting to have control--even just a tiny little bit concerning XYZ--is your unreachable utopia?Frank Herbert said:The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.You will not achieve it. Play MUGEN police on every board and fight to your dying breath, You Will Not Achieve It to your satisfaction. There might always be someone who leaks your private beta version.Politicians nowadays want to Protect Us against "the Terrorists" by monitoring all they can, having cameras everywhere imaginable. To make the Internet more "secure" and unique identifying "more reliable" and to kill spam and uncover Terrorist online plottings . . .For every force there is a counter-force. They achieve very little--but in the meantime, make it worse for all of us.Matthew Woodring Stover, In the Sorrows said:"It's all . . . ugly. Everything. Ugly damn world, kid."Hari shrugged. "Compared to what?"