This is the problem with this forum.
Fanboys are supported and adored, and anyone with discontent is hushed up. That's why I don't come here anymore. I mean, I check it once in a while if I have a specific question that is archived, but I can't expect not to be trolled.
Be ingenious. Let thread authors have more freedom in their own threads. You don't need to follow the same mechanisms as other forums in every way.
I added a whole bunch of features to my forum to permit a more free-flowing system by letting people semi-moderate their own threads by hiding/unhiding posts, and letting users have ignore lists.
If you actually create such mechanisms, you won't have to have such strict moderation.
The author of this thread posted free software, and absolutely rightly as he stated, he is being bashed for it with ridiculous suggestions of turning this place into a software repository or trying to promote his own software.
And of course, dissension. IMO there should be no censorship on dissension towards both this site and anything or anyone else. Just let users ignore trolls and/or keep their posts muted.
The primary reason I left here, in all honesty, is that when I posted questions, gripes, or anything else, exactly like the author of this thread, I was attacked by all these socially-inept fanboys, just as he is being attacked in this thread.
The permitting of trolling (in response to a thread asking a question, a troll says "why do you want to do that when there's such a better way to do it... yadda yadda...") while censoring flat out judgments (like "you're trolling, please go away") makes this place almost entirely useless save a repository of archived information.
Of course, you can ask a question and try to not offend the fanboys, but only in desperation because I'd rather search Google for a week than come in here and try to keep calm while some insecure self-titled SEO GRANDMASTER dilutes my thread with socially molded tantrums.
And of course, this is just a suggestion. If you want to hear the technical nature of the actual implementations of what I am suggesting to help ease the censorship, I may do that, but am not really convinced you guys want to hear what you don't want to hear (hence, real criticism)