Paxx: Exactly my point.
WHERE a poll is given makes a big difference. That's why I made that poll here at the time, to make that point.
I find the amount of trolling done by msstyles people to be rather bizarre. It's almost as if they're trying to convince themselves that their patch is better than an actual skinning program.
But it's much weirder than that. What exactly is the psychology of rooting for Microsoft to kill off small third party developers? Talk about rooting for the over-dog.
Imagine this scenario:
Our new game, GalCiv is #3 on Amazon.com. It's already grossed into the 7 digit range in < 1 month since release. Now, imagine if enough people had switched to using msstyles and WindowBlinds was just not making that much money any more and we just threw up our hands and said "Screw this, we're done."
Then Longhorn comes out and lo and behold, msstyles no longer work. It's dead. Bye bye msstyles. And there's nothing there to replace it. Who knows. I do know msstyles are gone in Longhorn. Will something replace it? Maybe, maybe not. Imagine if they don't though and there's a decent chance of that. So all these msstyles advocates would suddenly no longer be able to skin. It would be like being back to Windows 2000 again. Imagine if they broke WindowBlinds too so that wasn't a choice.
Do they really think some freeware author is going to create some sort of skinning thing from scratch? It took us 3 years of devleopment, by paid developers, to create WindowBlinds. And we didn't have to deal with Paledium or any of the other security stuff coming up.
The point is, rooting for the over-dog (Microsoft in this instance) seems just plain insane. Anyone who wants to change the way Windows looks by default should be hoping, at the very least, that the third parties (whether that be Stardock or Nullsoft or whomever) do well enough to keep at it.
To use an analogy:
Ever see the movie "Tucker"? About the company that was making cars that were really ahead of their time? One has to wonder who, watching that film woudl be rooting for the big 3 over Tucker. "Screw Tucker! Their innovation just makes things non standard. We don't need no freaking anti-lock breaks or fuel injection!"