Originally Posted by Hallpas
Oh please! Charging to help is terrible. Every question shouldn't have someone say "Buy my guides!" Good riddance IF he left because he didn't get a $1000 a month in donations. He'd never make that here when you can buy Assassin's great guides for only $20!
I'm new here and was not expecting my post on this thread to pop it back up to the top and bring a new round of discussion, but I can say that your response is disgusting (to me at least) and horribly ungrateful and disrespectful.
Renethx had a post count of 13689. I don't think someone who is "charging for help" and asking someone to buy their guides for every question asked to them. It looks to me like this was a person with a passion. This was someone who, for months and months, put their heart and soul into something they loved and wanted to share with others. I have just learned that HTPC's are even a thing that exists and am truly excited at the idea of building one. Both Assassin's and Renethx's guides look to be beyond helpful. Yes, they (from only free versions I've seen thus far) seem to have their different strengths and offerings, but the fact that they are putting this sort of time into something like this for US and others is amazing. I, for one, am beyond grateful and plan to pay for the memebrship to Assassin's guides. I was so sad yesterday when I looked at Rene's post history and saw he had not been active for months after daily activity for so long. I feel like your post was selfish, ungrateful, and uneeded.
Assassin, I know I'm a mere child at this forum but I do see/hear what GSR is saying. Rene was so active on this forum and while he did give warnings about his not being able to maintain the cost of creating his guides, it would seem, based on his involvement and activity here, that he would have made a final "Goodbye" post to a forum that had seemingly become a family to him. I can't imagine him not posting and saying "Well everyone, this is it... I can no longer afford to create and supply the guides in this manner so I will be _________ (creating his own site? doing something else? just taking a break?). It is worrisome that someone so involved just STOPPED posting. It worries me that something has happened TO him. Since obviously no one here knows him personally we may never know... but i do hope he is ok. I look forward to investing in your guides though. Were I able to make more money I would happily invest all I could in people like you and Rene. I do agree that it is rediculous that some people come on here and expect all free help while planning to spend on a big, new HTPC instead of spending a mere $25 or so to help fund the development of such guides.
I, for one, feel that I have found a forum I will enjoy and look forward to all of the knowledge that is to be shared! If Rene opens up a paid site I will be second in line behind you Assassin, all the while helping to fund your guides as well as best I can. Thank you for the work you do for all of us here and Rene (if somehow you are just reading these posts) thank you as well and please come back! I wish we at least knew his first and last name so we could do some sort of searching to see if he is at least alive and well.
EDIT: AH! He responded!! hahahah Yay! IT happened while I was writing this novel of a response. We look forward to your return Rene and I will be buying your next guide!! I hiope you feel loved here after seeing all of the discussion and worry over your well being. Edited by bfhancock - 6/7/12 at 7:21am