Originally Posted by kimtyson
I could not agree more with your statements and your observations of where XDA seems to be going, at least in the Rhodium forum. I also rememeber the good old days and all of those truely great chefs that you mentioned. It was a different philosopy then. It seems everyone now has a Paypal link so we can buy them a beer. Even people with nothing to offer are putting give me money links in their sigs. But now I digress.
Please keep up the good fight. I know you will have many followers.
Edit: I neglected to mention this when I posted. If you don't know who he is, Alltheway is a God on this site. It appears that GSLEON3 has his support. This is fantastic news for us all. Welcome Alltheway and thank you, too.
I'm not trying to attack your opinion but I would like to add, that what you have described is a normal well known human phenomen. There is nothing about it that deserves critisizm.
People who founded XDA-Developers were united by enthusiasm and passion for technology. Therefore they're pioneers and were driven by "ideals".
Their attitude stimulated reality and made manufacturers understand what people expect from them, so today we have greater technology and it's impressive usability for dayly lives.
What is going on here today is that people are no more driven together by the passion for technology and enthusiasm but by their "expensive status symbols". I think also iPhone is responsible for that kinda development. It is obvious Pocket PC flourish came shortly after iphone was introduced.
Before that Pocket PC was prerogative of businesmen who happened to want to have "semi-computer" experience i.e. be able lookup their appointments and make phone calls in a different way than the mojaroity does.
The "freaks" like xda founders were driven instead by ideas and possibilities the technology they thought can offer for "humanity" :)
Now these times are obviously over. People explore xda not for the "original" reasons but out of curiousity - TOUCHSCREEN TECHNOLOGY FASHION!
In this case it would be pretty damn "stupid" not to suggest donations for hard work you do to sutisfy somebody's curiousity!!!!!
So please do not attack those who decide to do so. Donation is a D O N A T I O N!!!! I haven't seen anyone forcing me to donation. It's up to decide who I donate to and if I decide to do so, then it is my decision and not the chefs or developers.
Good luck to all! Peace!