This is an allegation that shouldn't be made without some real evidence.
What? That warning flags have been tripped? The numerous posts of refunds not being given until they were publically requested is a key one - and that's easily found in this thread. Long time refusals to post videos of the work. The heavy amounts of secrecy around releases and products. The long periods of no responses, et al. These are all well publicized warning flags. They're all tripped. Even if each incident is perfectly acceptable, it is, on the surface, very much a worrying trend.
Well yes, you are.
No, I'm not. I'm saying that it's perfectly understandible that someone could come to that conclusion based the news given in this thread. There's a big
difference in what I'm saying and what you're wanting to defend Curt from. At worst, I really think he's unwilling to let the baby out of the crib.
Curt hasn't posted a reply to your comments. I can't see how a third-party hobbyist's defence will make the situation 'look worse'.
By ushering in greater hostility to anyone who asks legitimate questions, it's a deflection from those questions. These defenses may have the best of intentions, but to an outsider, they more frequently than not look like they're angrily hiding something - like a criminal on the stand who's mad at the prosecutor. "You're asking about the pre-order status and what's wrong? STFU!" really just does look like someone's covering for something.
Look at it this way, the "Twilight" fans often make the franchise look a lot worse than it really is. I see the same thing happening here.
I think that everything that's needed to be said about this project's delays has already been posted, so what's the point? It seems that Curt has been fair about returning money to customers who have not been satisfied with this delay, and why would non-customers care? I appreciate your concern for me and everyone else who pre-ordered, but if I want to complain, I'll take my complaint to Curt himself.
Ah, no. I was pointed to this project when I mentioned I was looking at doing 7800 development. So I read the entire thread
, front to back. Status updates have been horrible, and the current situation doesn't at all seem different from roughly last December. Indeed, the only thing new in that time has been 'more hardware coming!', which I personally see as 'feature creep' that indicates that someone doesn't really want to let the project go. Others WILL take this as a scam. "It'll take more time, and we'll keep taking money, but it'll be worth it."
Again, I'm not belittling Curt here, but I am attempting to explain why this is beginning to look so bad and making a strong suggestion to Curt (et al) to deal with this situation in the most logical and prudent manner.