Making accusations of any kind to or about an individual in a public post on the BBS is a violation of TUG posting rules. Thus, I have edited two messages. However, I have left the original accusation intact, because I believe it is pertinent to my comments which follow.
Have patience. As TTom has so eloquently stated in another thread, “Doug has been working his butt off ever since this board opened, fielding an increasing number of repetitive questions.”
Although most users were very comfortable with access to the old BBS, many users seem to have developed brain-lock when trying to register here or use some of the new features. Doug has been single-handedly resolving most of the (literally) hundreds of “I need help” messages to ensure that the software as currently configured is workable for all. He has been diligently pursuing minor glitches that many are aware of, such as the “Guest” versus “TUG Member” display issue and the web server host problem that locked many users out of this BBS late last week. In addition, he is dealing with a number of other small issues that don’t have the public prominence as the two I mentioned.
That’s a long way of stating that Doug has his hands full, and it shouldn’t take a genius to figure that out. So rather than accusing Doug of allowing his “personal views to cloud this issue”, how about granting him a little slack and accepting that there are currently other priorities? Anyone else care to volunteer hundreds of hours that Doug has/is putting into this?
Yes, it’s easy for a user to turn off some features that don’t work well for that user, especially if the user has figured out how to do it. However, if you could see the nature of many of the messages Doug has been getting, you would understand that today is not the right time to turn on more complexity that will generate another raft of messages that start, “I’m having a problem with….”
There will be plenty of time to tweak the software so that we get as close to an ideal set-up as possible. This isn’t the time.