It's all good, I don't take it personal :-) Things rarely are. I have memories of mean people have kicking me out of things, and those memories hurt.
> In context, wouldn't a far better use of your technical know-how be to help educate others on proper administration of their open WiFI?
Oh god no. I'm been traveling around South America for a year. These are password-protected WIFI's for a cafe or hostel - usually, the uplink is through a long-range WIFI or microwave antenna up the valley (It's how the rest of the world is being slowly internet'd). The owners either don't speak English, or don't understand. When I bring it up, they think they need to upgrade their connection. And of course the ISP is happy to do so. Sometimes it's the guy who installed it who is torrenting. Sometimes the guy who installed it steals the Wifi equipment and sells it back later. Anyways, I don't give free advice - because it's almost always wasting my time, and the person I'm "giving" it to.
> Or perhaps to instead discuss on /. how other people utilize free and public WiFi?
That's pretty much why I posted on Slashdot. The repo's only a couple days old. I used it at the hostal I was staying at before I found an apartment :-) The apartment owner had the same problem with a BitTorrent user sucking up all the bandwidth. We changed the password and now it's fine.
> Well, no, there is a good way for strangers to work together anonymously. That's what a ridiculously large number of us do on a daily basis. It's called working within standards. It's how open-source projects function
I put alot of time into an opensource project that thousands of developers used. When I needed help with it, I asked and didn't get any. It's not a pity party for me. By definition, "giving" can't have expectations. My point is that open-source has an economic model - usually "consultancy", "personal-brand", or "freemium". And those models are based on building relationships. I don't know of any project that automatically accepts all pull requests. I'm not against you in this, I wish there was a better way. My point is that faceless anonymous actors break down cooperation in economies.