I would like to offer my sincere apology to the Themer groups here on Groups.Drupal.Org and to this community in general ... I meant no disrespect to anyone. Being a non-artist I have the highest regard for those who can do what I cannot; create beauty in web designs and other visual art forms. Likewise as a programmer I have an equally high regard for all web developers and the difficulty of the work we do.
When I started the recent set of threads with regard to Theme licensing it was my sincere intent to improve the opportunities for Drupal theming. I made some errors and unintentionally offended some of you and I want to explain if you will let me and to, more importantly, let you know it I am sorry for whatever discord I caused.
I thought when I selected a multi-group audience for my posts (with both legal and theme related groups) that it was the right thing to do; to try to create a joint dialog with those in the theming part of the community and the legal part of the community on the relevant issues, but that was an error in judgment for me as it turned out and I ended up making some people mad. Again I am sorry for that.
Now that I understand my error I make this commitment to both communities ... After I save this post, any future posts I make will not cross the lines again. My posts to Theme related Groups will be for technical / design topics only and posts I make related to License and Business issues will be in the Legal Group only. There is no current group of any kind for discussing Drupal business strategies but if one becomes established I might post relevant topics there as well.
I have tried to be objective about this but the one thing I will say to own defense is that the suggestions of "hidden agendas" or "suspect motives" on my part are just wrong. I wish Drupal to succeed as a platform and as a community. I have my own views on some things which may be different and so we may sometimes disagree (gasp!) but most certainly my intentions towards Drupal are not dark-hearted in any way.
Edit: this thread does not offer anything constructive any more so I (chx) locked it. Reminder: we value every form of contribution be it code or just a few lines of README.txt.