Originally I didn’t want to engage with this thread, but I’d had a few glasses of wine on Friday and, like rafa1981, I found the latest post triggering. It’s very hard not to take things personally when people are directly attacking you (on a forum where you've been a member for ~20 years), or bumping a thread like this to spite you. I’d like to say thanks here to the various people who’ve chimed in to back me up, and to explain what is reasonable to expect from commercial vs passion/free-time project.
Considering the non-commercial nature of the project, and the monumental effort involved to get it where it is over the last few years, I expect a certain politeness when people join in with the communities (probably very naive of me considering it's 2021). I find it very difficult to deal with, when a few people come, mainly in order to “express their frustration” and/or being overtly negative, SHOUTING, expecting me to read their mind, asking relentless questions (rather than trying themselves), or giving unsolicited advice. In particular, expecting me to prioritise things and to work on them for free, is really irritating. The two belligerent posters in this thread for instance, think that I should be prioritising the opposite things.
These days I have a full time job and I don’t have as much time as I would like to dedicate to iPlug2, although I am still working on it, as time permits. If I see someone post a question in the slack, I’m inclined to help, but often it might be a one word answer. If they haven’t introduced themselves, or appear ungrateful and unfriendly, or if I’m a bit stressed, I might appear a bit “short/abrupt/rude” with people, even though I am still trying to help. I’m going to try and do better at this in future interactions. To any genuinely nice person IRL that I’ve accidentally offended - I’m sorry. If you're a non-native english speaker and something has been lost in translation - I'm sorry. I want the iPlug2 forum and the slack channel to be non-toxic, welcoming places.
It really doesn't matter whether people want to use JUCE or iPlug2 to make their plug-ins. JUCE has a very large community nowadays and there are many people who step in to help others on the forums, myself included. Hopefully iPlug2 will keep growing and there will be less pressure on me to do all the things. Even though JUCE is excellent, there is a lot of value in having a viable non-commercial framework, many of its own advantages, with a liberal license, as an alternative. There are plenty of people who experience frustrations with JUCE too. Multi-cross platform/cross plug-in format frameworks are hard work, and all software development requires a degree of patience!
I really hope this doesn't escalate more, since it's exhausting. I would like to use the little energy and time I have to improve iPlug2, rather than feeling like I have to defend myself against attacks like this.
Thanks to all the supporters of my work.