Posted Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:00 AM
Hey, I agree too!
The issue is that he is completely MIA now - this after finally reestablishing communications before Christmas, and promising some sort of a repayment schedule. It's not like he doesn't have options (refunds, complete project, ask for help, refund schedule, anything!), and it's not like he has not been given enough time (2 years) and chances. If he would simply communicate something, everyone would give him the benefit of the doubt, even now. It's actually kind of insulting that this was previously referred to witch hunt, check the comments, people are actually pretty supportive of him, and I do think his rep can be salvaged, but he has to communicate!
He has a history of poor communications and updates all through these projects, and make some critical errors (like taking the money up front -heck, starting a second project before finishing the first one was dumb too!), but until he at leasts attempts to make this right, his reputation will deservably suffer.
We keep assuming some sort of life event or something has delayed this - but that is just another assumption, we don't know that. When he did email me before Christmas, there was no life event or disaster that preventing him from finishing or refunding, he was just in over his head, didn't like his job, etc etc. Really had no reason at all to hang on to everyone's cash. Hey, cancel your cable and do 1 refund a month, after all, it wasn't your money to begin with.
Really he has failed to follow through 4 times - intial Skull Island payment, then asking for additional money, the money for Alture, then the more recent promises of refunds. I'll try to communicate with him one last time through email and Facebook, and hopefully he responds. No one here wants this to escalate up into charges against him, but he simply needs to respond with something. No one expects everyone to get a refund tomorrow, but he needs a plan, and he needs to follow through with it. After that - he made his bed..