And HOW IN THE WORLD do you think we got Altirra (and other SUPERB work here) up to where they are today? By just back-patting each other and kissing our foreheads?
It would be a DISSERVICE for the Xformer crew not to provide them with a clear perspective of things, as much as it would be to our own community, to which we would also (and indirectly) negate the opportunity to enjoy a stronger, better Xformer…
This notion of "because its free you accept it and don't criticize it" is essentially meaningless and harmful. Sorry to be a rude awakening here, but it is much better to face the truth, as it is, and build upon it a better future, for everybody (devs. and users alike).
Progress only comes out of truthful and real criticism.
Well, reading through the posts again they really don't sound as critical as I felt them to be when I wrote my first post. So my post might have been inappropriate and I do apologize to anyone who might have been offended by it or felt that his post was criticized.
I do not disapprove of critique at all. I do, however believe, that everyone who shares some work with the community is entitled to receive a "thank you", regardless of how small or simple his/her contribution might be.
The community is not entitled to an upgrade but I believe that a "this is good already, thanks for sharing with the community. You can make it even better by adding this and changing that" approach will more likely result in more impetus for the average developer to improve upon his work than just saying "we need this". Approval and appreciation for work done is a powerful motivation for future work.