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Nao/Gilles:
Hello.

Back in March, I resigned from my Beta Tester position at simplemachines.org, because I was going nowhere. I wanted to take some time off and decided to end development of Aeva Media as well. Two months later, the SMF team offered me a developer position, after which I also ended up resigning, very angry against the team for their behavior.

At the time (July 28), after discussing with users and family, I decided to resume development on Aeva Media, but only on a commercial version of it. The free version would only be getting security updates (if needed.)
In order to make a stand against the SMF team, I removed my downloadable packages off their mod site, and replaced them with a link to this website. After a while, instead of asking me whether this was intended, they simply deleted my mods and replaced them with a bastardized version, 100% alcohol free. Yikes. Plus, it was using a name that was confusingly similar to Aeva Media.

I didn't appreciate this move on the part of the team, and things went downhill very soon. I managed to have the mod renamed to something else, and the mod page was re-enabled after I re-uploaded the Aeva Lite package. It was a lesser evil for me, as I could leave Aeva Media out of their website and have complete control over its distribution. However, less than a couple of hours after that, they permanently banned me from the SMF website.

As a result:

- I can no longer update the sitelist on the Aeva mod page. This was the only item I had left on that page originally, because deleting it could break functionality. Users of Aeva Lite should thus be using Aeva Media 1.x as a replacement, if they want to be sure the sitelist is updated automatically and quietly as soon as required. I will later release a new version of Aeva Lite with the auto-embedder additions from Aeva Media, as well as a new sitelist address that doesn't rely on the SMF team's good will.

- I can no longer provide support for Aeva Media 1.x on their forum, obviously. They did a lot of changes (such as removing their Aeva Media board and merging all of the support topics into one), but I don't know why they did. The support topic is useless! The mod's author can't even VIEW it! (Well, okay, I can view it next time I change my IP address, but then what does it change...?) So, basically: don't expect support from me on their board. I have nothing else to bring anyway. I will no longer go over there.

- I may in the near future open a support topic for Aeva Media 1.x and Aeva Lite over here. This is not the case for now. I need some time off to digest all of this crap.

Thank you for your time. And thanks to the SMF team for having so much respect for their ex-developer, author of their most popular plugin, main French translator and most zealous beta tester ever. Now, onto another project... This time, I'll make sure it isn't full of self-adoring ninconpoomps.

RustyBarnacle:
Wow, I so very rarely go there anymore that I had no idea this was happening.  Not that I was ever very involved but I used to read your support threads all the time as they were often funny and I could keep myself in the loop with updates.

Now I'm just horribly out of date but it you made good stuff so it works and nobody complains so I wasn't too worried.

I'll talk to my community about the paid version and see if its something they're interested in.  I didn't even know there was a paid version until today.

Good luck, rest, relax, don't let the haters get you down.  Wine helps.  :)

Arantor:
Well, you already know my thoughts on this, and how crappy this whole situation is.

But as I said you, you have a lot of followers who care about you - and who'll follow you, such loyalty is not easily earned. Screw the team, at the end of it, it's their loss, not yours.

Take some time off, have a good one and hope it tops up your happyfuel tank some :)

LHW:

--- Quote from Arantor on on 14 August 2010 23h57 ---Well, you already know my thoughts on this, and how crappy this whole situation is.

But as I said you, you have a lot of followers who care about you - and who'll follow you, such loyalty is not easily earned. Screw the team, at the end of it, it's their loss, not yours.

Take some time off, have a good one and hope it tops up your happyfuel tank some :)
--- End quote ---
Ditto. :gnehe:

Sabre™:
Whaaaat?!?!?!?
You're banned?
Oh man how things can change after a few hours of sleep.
Well mate, Arantor summed it up pretty well.
For your mod, most know where to come, and the rest will soon learn.
You speak your mind, and wear your heart on your sleeve. Never thought someone would get banned for that.
I dont think I've seen soo much sh@t go down over there than I have in the last 8 months. Soo much has changed, and seemingly soo little has been solved.
Have a good rest mate. Life will keep going with or without the hassle :)

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