@Astaff: Speaking of “childish” and “dumb” etc.: I suggest you carefully re-read my posts and then look at your responses. You’re doing nothing but prove our point that valid criticism of L&L is not tolerated by a group of snooty loyalists.
First of all, my post was neither a threat nor a demand nor spoiled whining. I haven’t made a single negative post about L&L elsewhere and don’t see any reason to do so (though I see many reasons to warn outsiders of the L&L forums here thanks to people like you). I’m not on a vendetta against L&L. However, as I’ve said before, this is a feedback forum for Windows users of Scrivener, and I am such a user, therefore I am posting feedback. L&L can ignore it or take it to heart – whatever they think is best to keep their business successful. Lee posted that he wants to be held responsible and I’m asking what that is supposed to mean, given that we’ve already heard numerous apologies and they begin to lose their meaning when they are just empty words and nothing changes.
I also haven’t said “add more developers” but, and I quote, “hire additional competent developers”. Let me say that again because your loyalist glasses seem to make it hard for you to comprehend this: “additional competent developers”. I’m not a native English speaker but I’m fairly certain this is a proper way of saying there already are competent (!) developers but just not enough of them. This isn’t a dumb comment but a factual observation based on what we’ve been seeing over the last months. The only thing “dumb” here is your snarky remark and false assumption that I don’t know anything about software development based on your false reading of my post.
Also, regarding “lack of understanding of software development”: again, nope. If you have an existing software product (i.e. some baseline experience) and you are a skilled Windows developer (judging from the blog posts that seems to be the case) but you’re repeatedly mis-estimating the required efforts and you’re off by many months, then no, that’s not a lack of understanding on my part but a lack of planning capability on L&L’s part. I suggest you simply learn to accept that fact. Or, as you would say, “stop sulking and move on.” (Also, it’s equally inappropriate of you to claim I want someone fired when I have explicitly stated I want them to hire more people, and I’d be happy to pay more for the software if necessary.)
Finally, the claims made explicitly and implicitly by you and Twolane that I was threatening or that I know “so many people who need a release version of Scrivener 3 to do their writing” – once again, I never said anything like this. I’ll be happy to go into more details for loyalists like you two who seem to be unable to even consider different viewpoints: I’m a member of a fairly large writing group on Facebook (more than 3,000 members) that is about to embark on a month-long writing marathon (kinda like NaNoWriMo but just within the group) and has therefore also seen an uptick in membership. There was a discussion about brainstorming/outlining tools going on and someone posted a screenshot of another (more expensive) tool that immediately made me think, “hey, that looks just like what can be done with Scapple and Scrivener” (both less expensive). I was about to post screenshots of my own outlines made with L&L tools and recommend people look into these tools, but, as I’ve said before, first wanted to make sure all the tools are up-to-date before recommending them. Why, you may ask? Because these people want to focus on their writing for the next month (and beyond), not on dealing with unfinished beta versions or outdated older versions. Nor do I feel comfortable recommending a company whose leadership is repeatedly misleading (even unintentionally) part of its userbase and whose loyalists are always standing by with a limitless supply of snark and derision.
If just 2 percent of that writing group (which is an international one, and filled with many newbies/amateurs who may not all be aware of L&L’s products yet) would decide to buy the L&L products, that’d be ~$3,000 for L&L just like that, with one tiny recommendation in a FB group. You don’t think that should be motivation enough for L&L and its loyalists to do better?