I WILL be linked to members who might have left just due to that front page poll and hence I'll throw in my hat into this thread.
I did not leave due to the poll, but the way staff came across in this instance (granted this thread was actually a shining example of how to react to such things, no sarcasm) and a bunch more, also due to front page news quality in general and the community (partly).
I've long been thinking about leaving and today's discussion actually brought up those thoughts again on a Sunday with not much to do so I took my time to think about it and I'm not leaving without shedding a tear, because this community can be so much much more than what it sadly can also be.
I'm not going to a community I don't feel welcome at anymore, so I'm packing my stuff and leave.
I might come back again sometime, but as things stand now, I won't.
I've also received a great response by Barney, probably one of the best staff members around and he's sad to see me go.
I've noticed those who said they are happy to see me go and those who are not happy about it.
I hope Neowin gets back on track again, 2 years ago this was still a glorious place and I wouldn't have thought about leaving.
I really enjoyed my stay and maybe one day I'll come back, until then I'm going to invest the time into offline life.
I for one am going to miss you and a few others. I agree that this site has gone from bad to worse. I'll more then likely be out the door behind you. I know I'm one of the ones who are also not welcome here. So I will probably be tossed out on my ear.
Maybe people dont get it, but us Apple users are getting quite tired that people get high fives for trolling our threads. We have as much right as any to ask for help or share tips about our tools. I personally dont care if people like a company or not. I dont love apple, I dont care for it as a company, I just like their computer designs and quite frankly I have all the right to spend my money in what I like. Why should people take that against any of us?
I wouldnt have a problem with polls like these if I knew that people would participate in a civil manner. But Neowin is not the case. It's a constant back and forth about e-penis size and brand loyalty (seriously, is there anything more idiotic than this?).
Computers are tools, nothing more. We threat computer brands as political parties.
And the same goes to those apple users who brag about their computers and feel superior to everyone else. Go die in an alley! It's because people like you that this started.
FFS, I just want a civil and mature community.
I agree with you sanctified. I don't use Mac, but I honestly don't use Windows much anymore. I like Linux. Linux users end up getting bashed a lot also. Not like Mac users though. Y'all get it far worse. Which is a shame that anyone gets bashed. It's a freakin OS people. Get a grip.
But it's the thing to do. Bash, bash and bash some more. Get bashed long enough and people tend to fight or flee. I for one am tired of fighting.