But that was the only thing I said. That’s the only thing I had a problem with and if you agree with me there, then you agree with me, period. There are no buts. Why would I have a problem with someone thanking someone else! Just the fact that no one called him out on it and everyone was, like, “Bravo!” was what pissed me off.
As for Apple fans not mentioning it, well, I’m sure I would’ve once I’d read it. I don’t read my feeds on the weekends, so I would’ve posted it on Monday. But, in any case, that’s got nothing to do with any of it. I just wanted to draw attention to what he did wrong (and others do to, throughout the forum) and I clearly ruffled some feathers. If even one person stops doing it in future, then mission achieved.
Oh, and BTW (and this is not addressed to just krazzy), posts that just say “Thank you” and “Nice info” are generally considered spam. I, for one, never posts stuff that doesn’t adding anything new to the discussion. Sure, he posted an article—loads of people do that on this forum—but it doesn’t mean you should go around posting grateful little replies in all such threads. I know at least one person who has a post count north of 1,000 and almost all his posts are basically “ok. good.” and “wow, thats cool” and “nice work man”. Sorry, that’s not what a discussion board is about.
I think the idea of posting someone else's article in its entirety in one's post, even with the source link is considered plagiarism and stealing, is a bit alien to most of us, including myself. You being an author now understand the gravity of this folly. We don't. That's why it missed most of us that the thread starter was indeed doing something wrong in his attempt to actually do something good. So yes, it's our mistake as well.
As for thanking someone, I beleive just as in real life when someone does something good or useful to you, you should thank him. If a person posts something on the forum and nobody replies back to thank him, he would get the wrong assumption that his post was not well received and ignored, even though in reality, people might've found it useful. Atleast I know I would feel like a total idiot if I post something on this forum and nobody replied back to tell how they liked the post. Thanking someone also encourages them to continue posting good stuff in the future. Atleast this is what I feel.