I'm new, although I'm new everywhere because I don't use any forums much. Why this one was created and what are the dissatisfactions with Typophile? And who's the Hrant character that I saw posting a lot in there? What's the opinion about him and why?
Fill me in please.
—Search function hardly works
—Spam was not taken care of (seems to work now)
—moderation was missing (e.g. to settle disputes like those frequently happening with Hrant)
—too much TypeID/beginner’s questions (although I don’t agree that this is a good reason to start a new forum. It could be solved in other ways.)
So what's about Hrant?
He has an unfortunate (?) online communication style that tends toward the unnecessarily confrontational. He tends to drag discussions toward just a few pet topics (not a reason to ban him, IMO). He is a bright guy, despite occasionally weird or extreme views. The period when he held onto his “bouma” concepts despite the contrary evidence was pretty weird. He is much less offensive in person. His online persona has mellowed over the years, I think. Five or ten years ago I might have been actively happy to see him suppressed. Not so much so, now.
> Hrant is a font groupie who gets off on pretending to be more.
That seems unduly harsh to me.
Unduly harsh? Give me a break!
How about a myopic, unrelenting demagogue who is the antithesis to an honest dialogue if it is contrary to his beliefs.
If his output was as prolific as his mouth's utterings on the "next wave" of type design I would probably be a bit more understanding. Alas, he is an underachiever. He, without fail, defames the pen and all of its practitioners with vitriol... so he can rot in Typophile for all I care until he allows for multiple approaches to the design of type.
Before you start disliking my comment walk a mile in my shoes. I have been doing what I do for 31 years and he regularly debases what I and others do to earn a living. He refuses to call it by its proper name (just to piss me and others off) and continually derides my profession on Typophile! I jumped ship just to escape his constant BS.
For instance, my options are only: Flag | Off topic | Insightful | Disagree | Agree | Like.