GeddichNixan wrote:First of all, in my opinion it is not very constructive to react with sarcasm
There have been some abuses of the PortableApps name, but this is one of the most laughable. I should register portableappscc.com and copy his site.
I am sorry, but this was by no means an appropriate counterargument. You answered with yet more sarcasm, now we definitely know and are repeatedly reminded that you are annoyed, but that was it. Constructive? Not at all.
Of course there have been some abuses of PortableApps' name and there will be. Of course this is one of the most ridiculous attempts I have ever seen. Nevertheless simply getting out the "sarcastic club" and hitting without solid arguments is not very constructive. Honestly, this reminds me very much of the old wisdom of the Wild West: "shoot first and ask afterward." Or of it's modified version: "shoot first and don't ask at all".
David Pi is a Chinese guy and Chinese have a totally different attitude against copying. Having him here at the forum is a great opportunity to try to convince him that it is wrong, what he does and how he could do it better or at least to let him learn about our point of view.
For you it may be just the ten thousandth attempt to abuse other people's work, so you may be annoyed by this. I absolutely understand it. But how should there be any kind of sober discussion, how could we ever reach a common basis, when our first reaction is sarcasm. I think we should use the opportunity to discuss matters. Yes, even the ten thousandth time.
If you register a domain like "portableappscc.com" then you get onto that level where David Pi and countless other domain owners currently are and then? Dead end. The same applies to your sarcasm. You express your annoyance but that was it. Yet another dead end.
BTW, almost every industry had started with copying before they begun to develop their own ideas. The major copycat was Japan in the sixties, than Hong-Kong, than Taiwan, than Korea, now it is China. (As far as Japan is concerned their whole culture is based on copying and refining. Ask some Chinese who really know their own culture about it, how much many parts of the "genuine Japanese" cultural heritage go back to Chinese roots.) If you look at earlier times even European countries tried to copy each other. Is that bad? Yes it is. Annoying? Sure.
When you at least did try to start a discussion and your attempt turns out to be futile then you can still get back to sarcasm in order to express your annoyance again and setting the final point at the end of discussion.
And finally, I haven't written all this for altruistic reasons only. I enjoy a substantial discussion much better than a sarcastic "hit-me-hit-you". That becomes very boring in no time.