Plugin creators do this for free in their own time without getting a real pay check so the company could be a little more nice about caring a bit more and making 1.6 more compatible and flexible then it is right now.
Okay, this sounds pretty and all, but what is it supposed to mean? More compatible means doing what, exactly? How do you want things to be more flexible?
Bgillisp isn't saying he's upset with the plug in creators, he's saying that instead of yelling at the people who made the new version for the broken plugins, which they have zero control over, they should take their complaints to the people who actually have the power to do something about it, and have since before this version came out. We have pages and pages of people yelling at poor Archeia to fix their plugins. Not something she has any ability to do. I don't think anyone should yell at anyone over this, and I don't think Bgillisp thinks so either, but if someone wants their plugins to work with this version, they should talk to the people who have the power to do something about it, the plugin creators.
The only thing that the people making updates can do to make this so that it doesn't break plugins is to not update. It's the unfortunate reality of programming, there's nothing anyone can do to change this. It's also why there is a public beta, so that the plugin creators can see what's changed and make fixes or workarounds to the things that have shifted around. I think I've heard that they sent out direct invitations to the beta to the big plugin writers, but I'm not 100% on that one. The thing that users can do to completely avoid broken plugins is to not upgrade right away, or not at all. The upgrades are, and always have been, completely optional. As rough as these sorts of transitions have always been, I'm glad that they do make these updates. I have personally benefited from them. I know that sometimes plug in creators have benefitted too. I've heard of times where something changing has opened up the possibility of a new feature that just couldn't be done before.
Something I'd just like to mention is that Degica isn't a big company. They can't send a team of programmers to fix the issues overnight like Microsoft can, I don't even know if they have more than one programmer working on the updates at all
. They can't have a representative watching the forum and steam and facebook and twitter 24-7 to respond immediately when things blow up, Archeia is it
, and she has other responsibilities and a life and needs to sleep sometimes. Bgillisp and I and the other mods are all unpaid volunteers who just love hanging out here and want to help out. We don't represent Degica, and we don't have any more power to fix the problems with this update than you do.
Now, there is another point in Bgillisp's post, and that there were only 6 beta testers. This was pointed at the people saying "How dare
you put this out! It should be more polished!" It's as polished as those 6 beta testers could get it. Of course
adding thousands of new users would pull up loads of issues from the woodwork. Of course
there are bugs, I dare you to find a single non-binary program in the history of computers that doesn't have one. I'm not sure what anyone would suggest Degica should do to fix this low tester count. I bet if the suggestions were politely worded, Archeia would love to hear them. More testers would make everyone's lives easier.
Something else that I'd like to point out is there seems to be some sort of confusion about something key. Dutch Power Creations pointed out that plugin creators aren't getting paid to make plugins. I'd like to point out that Degica isn't getting paid to make updates. Not a single penny is being sent from the users to Degica to do this, updates don't translate to new sales, it doesn't get them youtube advertising revenue, it doesn't get them a ******* boost, it does nothing monetarily for Degica to work so hard at making an already sold product better for the people using it.
I am not saying that people aren't allowed to be upset that this update isn't working for them. But let's put everything in the right context before we start yelling and maybe we can all work together to fix it and make RM better instead, yes?