SimonG already took the hit just for expressing his opinion. So did i and Jackal. "Oh wait, your opinion is different than mine, therefore you're a troll". No, i'm not leaving and i'm not saying that the community is horrible. It's just not as good to post here as it was some time ago.
Except you have been more or less civil about it.
Let me refresh your memory about SimonG's 'opinions': "Well, this thread has lost any sanity long before I joined it. And with the current state (or rather Dec 2012, but it doesn't look like it changed) of the forums, there really isn't a reason to take most of the people here serious any more." "Well, the GOG DRM free hypocrite club certainly isn't small, considering the amount of Steam/Desura keys from HIBs are being traded here. " "If that really is your reasoning, I have some bad news about Santa for you ..." "Wow, this is the saddest thread I've ever seen on this forum since I joined." "Making this whole tantrum even more silly." "Anyway, as with the whole DRM ideology itself, this discussion is ultimately pointless and insignificant." "The vitriol spewed in this thread is showing why people no longer want to be associated with the term "DRM free". People who care so little about small time devs shouldn't humoured by them. Luckily (and ironically) thanks to DRM the devs and publishers are finally starting to realize how little "DRM free" means in actual sale numbers."
Simon's tactic is basically to call anyone who dares challenge his 'reasoning' an intellectually inferior moron and impose his high-horse morals onto others to make himself look good. I've tried being civil to him, to no avail, so basically I've chosen to make it perfectly clear what I think of him and his behaviour now. That's not to say I downrated any of his posts - I didn't see fit to waste my time doing so - but I have decided to stop being civil to people with this kind of attitude in general, because it's just driving me fucking crazy.
And while I don't have any problems in principle with what jackal wrote, it did superficially come off as a bit of a 'master race' attitude.
What I am finding sad is that a minority of Steam users seems fit to label an entire community - on a site that specifically focuses on DRM-free and traditional gaming values no less - as "going downhill", because they are finding themselves in the minority opinion. I mean, GOG markets itself as DRM-free, as espousing these kinds of traditional values. What sort of people did you think would come for the most part to GOG? Steam fanatics? If I didn't care about DRM-free, I probably wouldn't have bothered with GOG, and if its principles didn't appeal to people, it wouldn't have made second or third place in terms of market share.