First time I stumble upon this topic, so I might just as well say something now that it's been mostly resolved.
While I don't usually like Aardwolf for whatever reasons, I can't but see this hostility towards him in this topic a bit unwarranted. All he posted was an observation on thickness of cables, that one sentence doesn't translate into a complaint any more than it translates into a compliment. I can't see it as anything but a neutral observation.
Then the rest of you go and open a can of whoop-ass on him, over a neutral observation that everybody just wanted to read as a complaint? Not too long ago I just so happened to comment on mjn.mixael's mainhall renders on irc and said something along the lines of that they seemed colder in colors than retail mainhall. That comment was passed on to mjn.mixael as a complaint and he later asked me about it. I'm surprised that irc conversation didn't turn out to be a crapfest like this, over a simple observation.
Then maybe two days ago, pecenipicek made a bold comment on irc about floor textures and procedurals. That turned out to be a crapfest very similar to this one here. While pecenipicek is known to be annoying sometimes, I'm surprised how quickly mjn.mixael has become like vast majority of community veterans. Touchy and quick to go into defensive about his work.
I don't deny that people really lack the effort to not come across like pricks, but come on, you don't need to follow that example.
Unfortunately this isn't even limited to this particular subject or individuals. This kind of behavior is well spread across the community, me included. There is surprising amount of hostility in this community, enough to break apart most communities. I've had a fair share of my own misinterpretations that have led to various cans of being opened with various results. And to be very honest with you all. I'm tired of it, I really am. Not only I sometimes find myself taking part in those, I very often have to see them happening on these forums and irc too. Even in private boards of hosted projects.
I honestly don't know what to say here anymore. I'm simply tired of seeing incidents like this all over these forums and irc time and time again. This is one of the biggest reasons why I don't really feel like contributing much to this community. Blue Planet managed to light that small spark I had left and results I believe, speaks for themselves. But that spark is no more but a speck of dust. That speck of dust gains in color whenever I see something nice being contributed by other people, be it a new asset, technique or code, but it quickly turns back into even smaller speck of dust when I have to witness yet another fight among two or more community members, who more often than not, are "respectable" community veterans.
I say, look into the mirror and think very carefully how much you yourself contribute into these incidents. Not very many of you can say you don't. There are these kind of people in this community however, and for that they have my respect, not that it counts for much. The rest of you however, could really learn something from them, me included. But until then, shame on us.