When Robert posted on HTS, he was quickly berated for his efforts by the Moderators themselves. (...something along the order of "It's been tried before, it's not possible, so why are you bothering us....") Taken aback, he responded to such biased comments, asking simply why they would act so overtly against his ideas and be allowed to insult his efforts, and he was immediately banned by the very person doing the berating. Not so strangely enough, it was that self same person who was banned for life from AVS for insulting the AVS Hierarchy. Go figure.
Intolerance motivated by the Moderators' self imposed aggrandizement, a wholesale lack of support for a new member's ideas, and a double standard that protects the offender if he is a Moderator, and punishes the respondent should he dare question "why" is the reason Robert wound up on AVS.
Robert found a willing audience here on the DIY Screen Forum, and enough support to encourage his efforts. Yes, it's a shame that his efforts could not have produced a application that could easily be "DIY' selfed", but in the end it's the support AVS Community support that did go a long way toward making Robert's effort successful.
This sort of thing has happened before. Several AVS Members got started in Business by working through their ideas on Forum. SMX Screens is a prime example. Of course there exists a fine dividing line between starting out with DIY intentions and crossing over to using the Forum to establish & promote an idea intended to be sold.. Not that it doesn't happen almost continually though. Sometimes, depending upon the subject and individual, it gets overlooked...at other times the intent is so obviously promotional immediate action is taken.
In Robert's case, over the course of several emails I let him know of and be aware of the above dangers well in advance of his final decision to go commercial. It was becoming very obvious the his idea was not going to become a true "DIY" reality and so being, he did the right thing and pulled out of active Forum posting. As such, due credit and a good degree of confidence can be attached to both him and his efforts.
But....the DIY effort toward such a screen has not died! The research and efforts go on in Robert's (New Design) Thread by others determined to do something similar for less expense. Will they succeed? They very well might.