OT: @jonli, thanks for your visit, it's been nice to hear from you. Whish I'd been here to serve you a cold beer or a hot coffee. Maybe next time.
I've been following the thread quite close for the past few days. In my opinion the initial discussion was quite emotional. Now the last pages became a more cons and pros discussion (with a lot of pro-mindbender emotions
). And also think it's good that all this is discussed here and by the community.
Beeing here for almost 1 1/2 years now I can say that this community helped me a lot and I wouldn't have bought my LS PRO if the community and the first hacks of the PRO (thanks jonli and mindbender) hadn't been. At that point it was clear that you could expand the device far beyond the point buffalo has ever though of. Big leaps among many in that time were the connection to nslu, the shared server and the optware feed. I name them because they are a good examples for work accross communities.
So to sum up a few pros stated above for supporting other devices:
*) more input (ideas, knowledge, manpower, donations... ressources)
*) share of code/ideas for similar hardware from different manufacturers
*) more users to answer "standard questions"
*) one community with the possible cross links between the different sub-wiki's/forums
*) Still a "linkstationwiki" now buffalo.nas-central.org
*) information about other devices
*) loss of focus (do one thing right instead many things half)
*) blurr of identification
*) misleaded/confused users and queries (annoyance)
*) more (administrative) overhead
Maybe this discussion should have been before the change of a layout, surely you can blame mindbender for that. But a discussion like this in a larger community might take very long with little progress. Mindbender took the risk and did the step forward. It's been said already you can't please everyone. Though I understand the cons and partly share them I think that the pros overweight. To me the step seems logical.
As everyone can see from just this thread. We are a community where discussion IS possible. So if someone wants some change. I think it can be discussed here and the admins listen as long as the query is brought up in a propper/fair manner (I'm thinking about a certain gpl-violation thread some time ago). But then I'd also ask this person to step up and help the admins to achieve this change. Because all this is achieved in our all free time and if something lacks it is manpower.
Regarding identification: 10-15 years ago I lived in Austria. At that time the car license plates were changed. From traditional black to european-style white. Large Austrian newspapers feared about Austrias identification. Then came the euro. Half europe feared about it's identification because they lost "their" money....
@mindbender: Keep your head up! (And maybe ... discuss major changes it with the other admins before acting).