We have a legal right (in the USA and other countries) to modify devices that we own, despite any Terms of Service. Also, we have a legal right to freedom of speech. Of course, those rights can be limited ON THIS WEBSITE by local website policies, but those policies and rules should be clear and obviously visible without needing to hunt for them, and they should not be in conflict with OTHER messages from the site moderators. We need a CLEAR decision on this, not just arbitrary and conflicting warnings. IMHO.
Also, many of us developers here have changed OUR policy of not helping people with special offers removal AFTER amazon released the new firmware (such as 5.1.0) in which they began being actively hostile to us "unauthorized" developers. I and others applied for OFFICIAL developer status, but amazon IGNORED our requests, and their new mistreatment of us deserves the loss of respect that we previously had for them. We will continue to do what we can to repair the damage that they have done to their new firmware (and our hacks), and we will continue to adapt our hacks to overcome their annoying obstacles (including SO removal hacks, until they are CLEARLY outlawed here).
P.S. We understand the difference between morality and legality, and as stated by the mobileread website owner, although Special Offers removal may not be moral, it is legal and therefore okay to be discussed here.
Last edited by geekmaster; 07-01-2012 at 05:28 AM.