When I signed up for an account to post on the forums, I was under the impression they were open to anyone involved in arduino-related hacking/development. Specifically, I thought there was ABSOLUTELY NO requirement, expectation, motivation, etc. that it be limited to people who directly or indirectly financially support Arduino by purchasing Arduino or Arduino-licensed hardware.
I have never purchased official Arduino hardware, and don't intend to since it's way overpriced. I have purchased a Funduino Pro Mini, a Baite Pro Mini, and some ATTiny85's. I do most of my development with avr-gcc. I also do some development in the Arduino IDE, primarily to make things like my half-duplex software UART available to beginners that have yet to learn makefiles and avr-gcc. http://nerdralph.blogspot.ca/2014/01/avr-half-duplex-software-uart.html
I've seen a few posts now that state these forums are for people that have purchased official Arduino hardware, or that you should purchase at least one official Arduino product if you are using the forum.
Is this true, which would mean I should delete my Arduino forums account (and perhaps signup at avrfreaks)? If it's not true, is anyone going to tell the people that are saying it to STFU? Because if it's not true, I'll happily tell them, and I think some people may take offence to my direct approach.
I guess a third possibility is that it is undefined, in which case is someone with authority going to shit or get off the pot?