I just read @belle ‘s post.
Diversity : Not something that can be forced on a service. It can only be encouraged. I don’t see anything discouraging diversity of any kind here, except perhaps certain political views are not as welcome. Since the team building and managing this thing is a man and a woman, though both (as far as I know) of the same race, I think we are set up for improvement.
Apple diversity: This seems to be belle’s greatest complaint. Some people who don’t like Apple really just hate Apple. Until the 2010 iPad, I myself was anti-Apple, but that futuristic device change me forever. Why can’t we just all get along? Don’t Android devices have a web browser? I bet they do.
@manton his ownself: I’ve known manton online for many, many years. I’ve used his previous services and apps. And I’ve stopped using them for one reason or another. One thing I’ve always like is manton’s personal touch. manton and I, if we were seated in a coffee shop together, would have happy conversations, even though we disagree greatly on many things. But one thing I would never say about manton is that he is two-faced. I don’t know why anyone would regard manton’s need to make a living as a bad thing. I need to work to stay alive and so does almost everyone I know. I believe manton’s business model is a perfect balance of practicality and principle. The personal attack on manton is disturbing to me, and his own response is as nuanced as you would expect. manton is a good, good man.
Community: I agree. This community is good, and getting better. People who will accept an old man like me, with relatively conservative politics, who is a believing Christan, are pretty good people in my book. Hard to find a community like that these days without going off the deep end. In fact, the community is so good that I would not consider leaving for other, lesser reasons.
Discovery: I would like to find more people who I like to talk to. I’ve found a few and I’ve rejected a few. I’m finding more all the time. I’m willing to be patient.
So, I’m not leaving. And if I were I wouldn’t write a long post of compaint; I would just leave and perhaps send manton a note. I don’t know. We are all different, though.