Scout <>
Sent: 6/25/2007 7:01:27 PM

Re: [GPSstash] Re: Geooglecaching

Ronald Gerth wrote:
> Personally I think that if he took the time and effort and had the know how and
> skills to create he should be able to cash in on it in any way that does
> not drive we the users of his site away.

Not only did he take the time and effort to create his Web site, but
he had lawyers to threaten lawsuits against others with a different
vision for the hobby. The hobbyists then spoke with their own
checkbooks and decided to spend their money on other things rather
than shell out big bucks to protect their rights. All legal. All
within everyone's rights. But different opinions of what's admirable
or not.

> A totally free site is gonna be a buggy, unsupported, unupgraded
> (I know that isn't a word) mess and is not something I want to use.

Millions of users find free Linux and free Firefox to be much less
buggy than the commercial alternatives, including the choice of
software used by Groundspeak.

> I know that if I was in his shoes I would do the same thing.

You're in the majority, which is why Groundspeak continues to rule the
hobby today.