Lately I found enough time to sit down and read some of the hate posts about me. I was reading over the thread on sega16 because contrary to what people may believe I am interested in what they have to say when it's not ignorant.
In the sega16 thread a member called evildragon at first tried to defend me, then he caved in and joined in with hating me, which is fine. Evildragon posted that he didn't like my private messages which is why I'm posting this here instead of sending him a private message to discuss this.
What really bothered me was the people in that thread turned against evildragon and brought up some small bad hoax he had done 6 or 7 years prior. Even if evildragon hates me, he didn't deserve that. Evildragon posted pictures of his own hardware mod-work to seemingly sell his own services and I think it looks very nice, but people still couldn't get over something he had done ages ago.
I want to say that evildragon's work looks very quality. From the private message conversations I've had with evildragon I can see that he definitely has a good, generous nature. Evildragon was always willing to politely share nice tips with me and give me good advice on how to do my work. In private conversation with evildragon I discussed his past mistakes and he's definitely sorry for it, done more than enough to make up for it, and learned from those mistakes long ago. I have respect for evildragon because he's proven that even though he makes mistakes he's able to self reflect and later apologize for them and learn from them.
People shouldn't judge a good modder like evildragon by his past mistakes, but by how he handled those mistakes, learned and grew from them. I believe that it's never too late for someone to make up for his or her past mistakes, including the people who are ignorantly hating me. Evildragon has clearly learned from his mistakes a very long time ago and handled it very well. I think it's wrong, stupid and immature to hate a good person like evildragon who made a mistake and then made up for it.
Another example I found was people posting old pictures by the modder shockslayer and saying bad things about his work. I feel that shockslayer has been rude to me in the past, but again, I don't think he deserves that sort of negative attention. Shockslayer has posted many pictures of great looking creations that he made so obviously he learned his lesson and people should get over his early work. I've seen many posts by shockslayer where he was truly just trying to help other modders but it was interpreted as shockslayer overreacting. Shockslayer is very passionate about his hobby and helping other modders avoid making the same mistakes that he's made, I've never seen shockslayer do anything to deserve bad attention.
People can hate on me and my work all they want. When I see the same mentality being used against other people I feel that I should speak up because it's right to speak up against this sort of behaviour. I hope that other people will recognize just how wrong this sort of treatment is and will also speak up against it. Being a little critical in a polite way can be a very good thing, such as constructive criticism done privately and not in a way meant to make a public example of a person and that person's work, going overboard is wrong and easy to do.
I ask that if other users want, you may share examples of people being overly critical and unwilling to to let a person make up for his or her past mistakes so we can discuss it here maturely. Please do not post links to the threads where these examples come from because I don't want to add more attention to this sort of bad behaviour.