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I apologize to most of the members of the list for what follows. I have been putting up with this kind of BS from a few people on this list for a long time and I'm going to publicly express myself about it. I would ask if anyone wishes to discuss this further or comment, either because you agree or disagree, or even if you wish to hurl insults at me, please email me privately at: firstname.lastname@example.org I do not wish this to become a public flame war. I have attempted to deal with this situation in private mail with the people involved without success, and I'm losing patience. Art ======================= > Hey Art, you can spare us the "favors," OK? > Or perhaps bestow your boundless generosity elsewhere. <g> > > > rafe b. > Just who are "US" that you think you represent, Rafe? The gentleman asked a question about the nature of the triline CCD in the Nikon scanner, and I provided a relatively detailed explanation, that none of the owners of this scanner bothered to. If it contained a factual error, the human thing to do would have been to say something like "that was a helpful explanation, but there's an error in this section". But you and Moreno need to feed your pathetic egos. Just in case you STILL haven't figured this out. I don't contribute to this list for you, or Dickbo, or Moreno or any other detractors. Within the several years I have been active on this list, I am pretty confident that I have provided more help to people who have posed questions or asked for guidance both on this list and in private email, as a result of requests made on this list, than any one other individual. I have not yet had anyone who has requested assistance tell me that I have mislead them or that they have made a poor scanner choice because of my advice, and MANY have purchased based upon lengthy private email discussions. Nor do I believe I have ever ignored a request for assistance that has come to my mailbox. I ALWAYS inform people of any associations I might have, and I ALWAYS suggest that they go beyond my advice and look at reviews, websites, and ask owners of the scanners in question before resolving what to buy. I do not continually repeat this in public postings, but I do inform anyone I correspond with in private email of all of these matters. I have advised people to buy Primefilm, HP, Acer, Minolta, Canon, Polaroid, and yes, even Nikon film scanners based upon their requirements and with the caveats I am aware of at the time. I have provided (again, in private mail) lengthy help sessions in getting people started, getting them through beginners problems, and buying peripheral goods and MUCH, much more. As one example, I have provided step by step instructions personally to many dozens of people who were told their Epson printers were "dead" and should be tossed, on how to unclog them and get them functional again and everyone has been successful. That information is now quoted on several websites. I make not one cintilla from ANY of this. I don't sell scanners or printers, or repair services. I spend an AVERAGE of 4-5 hours a night (and it is night and early morning) corresponding to people both on list and off about their scanner and printer questions. In other words, I sacrifice sleep time to do this. Most of the people I deal with express gratitude for my input and assistance. READ VERY CAREFULLY: I don't do it for you. You and your lot are an annoying side-effect that people who try to be helpful to others have to regularly deal with. Your type exist everywhere there are people who try to do good deeds. I find you selfish and self-centered. You can't understand my motives because they are beyond your comprehension. Art - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.