This is the only post I will make regarding Proxomiton.
Yes, I pulled the site down.
No, It's not because of Arne so no one should blame him. I'm not happy
with all those on the Yahoo list doing so.
I make lots of changes to the program with being human I sometimes
forget to document. I added this one because of a few emails
requesting it since it was a minor alteration (1 line of code). I
fogot about it until it was mentioned on the list.
Yes, I was hurt that Arne attacked me personally for this rather than
just making a case for changing it back - which I probably would have
been willing to do if enough people wanted it. I think my post at
Yahoo confirm this: As I said on the list, people will of course only
request something the program doesn't already do. So I know having a
number of requests for an item doesn't necessairly mean that's what
most people want.
I don't use "anon" proxies much myself anymore so I didn't think much
about it from that angle. To me having fail-over seem like a good idea
since it makes the connection itself more reliable. The basic argument
people requesting the feature made to me was "A proxy is to help your
connection - one that you can't connect to isn't helping". To be
bypassed the proxy actually has to fail to connect - usually after
several retries. The problem is many anon proxies are overloaded or
misconfigured so connection failures are not as uncommon as they are
with a normal proxy.
As Arne said, this isn't the first time I've considered giving it all
up. This is just the first time I've actually done it. I apologize,
I'm not perfect - all I was trying to do was the best I can. However,
if a change I considered so minor can get me labeled as a "betrayer of
trust" from someone I've long regarded with respect, then perhaps I
shouldn't be doing this at all.
In the end it's a matter of balance. There are many, many reasons for
me to give it up - not just this. In this day and age I even worry
someone might sue me because of it. I have to ask myself why devote so
much of my life to something when it can illicit this kind of reaction
from people. I've never asked that *anyone* use the program, and I'm
surely not offended if people wish to use something else.
Lastly, although the official versions may be re-distributed the
beta's may not (this was made clear in the readme that came with
them). I ask that their license please be respected. They do contain
bugs which were fixed in the final version (non withstanding any bugs
that may have) and it's possible these bugs could be exploited.