I would love to see a list of goals for 4.0 and what would be on SD's plate vs whats on ours.
It would help everyone focus on the positive side of things, like where you see DX going, or not going.
Also, What we should be testing, at each release, so we are not bringing up things that are not yet implemented.
Are we to start on the current beta or wait?
If you are looking for ideas on what "we" the community are after there are multiple DX threads out there where we have all discussed what we need/want/wish for. I think that was how this all got started when Zu asked all of us to give him ideas on DX 4.0 here: https://forums.wincustomize.com/345094
I personally know 0 about building a plug-in or dll, as the only real programming i have ever done is in vbscript/asp/vb, so im useless in that line. But im willing to test things that people have ready for testing, but i guess i need to know what to test first.
I think i know Vad fairly well, and i think he is just very very frustrated with multiple years of trying to get some of the basic items of DX fixed, and sometimes, since English is not his primary language, it does not come out the way he is meaning things. And like c242 said we wouldnt be so intense if we didnt care. Let me state that i think DX is without a doubt the most under-used, under-appriciated, and under-hyped product stardock has. I know that personally i had very large hopes for DX and its potential. I think there is a small but very loyal DX community here, and not to be disrespectfull in anyway, but Vad has done things with DX that to me are just beyond amazing, he brings a knoledge of this product that i dont think anyone has (at SD or anywhere) and his input is VERY much needed to make DX 4 something that SD and all of us can be proud of.
I also agree with the others here that most of our "whining" was becuase no one was responding. Now that we know whats going on its a different story. None of us want to see DX die, we want to see it become even better, we want to work WITH SD on this.
I would also say that respect goes both ways, respect for our concerns and complaints, and for the Hundreds if not thousands of hours that some of us have put into DX over the years. Again, we all want DX to succede, or else we would have moved on to something else. We do appriciate the time and effort it will take (and has taken) and it means a lot to me personally that you care enough to keep us posted and to be honest with us.
And lastly (and i pormise im done talking).
Merry Christmas to everyone at WC and SD.