Well, considering the apparent fall out over the WD40 comments I think I should post why I said what I said. I checked to see what the official WD40 site had to say about it's product and the site does say that WD stands for Water Displacement and that it is a lubricant.
I still believe the advice I gave regarding the use of kerosene or diesel as being a better penetrant is sound and I would not recommend something as volatile as WD40 as a lubricant for rotating machinery and that is based on sound and experienced engineering. I have no idea what happened subsequent to my post.
Charles, your post was not the problem, I had simply replied to it and this portion in particular;
"WD40 is an aerospace wash-down formula whence the WD in the WD40."
I had said "WD" stood for Water Displacement, and that it was their 40th formula try- all taken from their website which I read years ago. I had simply said oil is oil, it's all petroleum, and that one can use a light machine oil or "3-in-one" oil and soak the bearings which appeared from the description to have seized up from rust.
That's about all I said, and I came back a little while later and find my post "rating" voted DOWN into the negative numbers anonymously so I thought what the hell? and then I thought well the heck with this I don't need to spend my time finding, writing out information, posting, and having people hit the negative rating buttons as some kind of "protest slam" joke, or whatever.
That's the problem with those ratings features or "karma" on another one- on some of these board software packages, posting on an art site shouldn't become a built-in competition to gain the most "like" points, highest score, highest post count, "most karma" or most pats on the back, unfortunately the software here has this function built-in and I haven't seen this function in years, SMF and vBulletin do not have it.
In any case I'm going back to maintaining the other art site as the owners fixed the robo-spam problem and intend to keep it up instead of abandoning as they appeared to be going towards.