There are some very good points in there actually. Perhaps I can put them in a more even tempered way.
always pushing the envelop in terms of it's functionality. The two I've been paying the most attention to have been the java mobile orbiter and the insteon lighting controls, which have made some incredible progress do to the work of these members. But there is seemingly more of a concentration on those efforts than making the current functionality better. I mean, if you were doing this for fun, as I think we all are, do you want to work on the cool stuff or would you rather work on something cool and cutting edge? I'm sorry to say, but if I was jumping in... I wouldn't be working on the screen saver too much either
At least not until I did some really cool stuff on that orbiter right?
There is a lack of structure and process here, that's unfortunate. It's also unfortunate that it's so high profile to be here. If we were talking about "yet another remake of the same old idea" I don't know that people would care so much about their specific wants not being met. They would have a long list of products to compare and pick and choose the ones that work best for them.
I honestly think one of the biggest things working against us is the fantastic "demo" video which makes everything look so easy and right out of the box. It might work just as well as demonstrated, but for an incoming user the expectations get set too high on the stability and functionality of the product.
Is LMCE cliquish? Perhaps not enough. I work on cars, as seemingly many do here (yes, that's a bit odd actually) and it's like someone stepping into your shop midway through a rebuild, when you finally have a running car, and telling you that you're seat covers need work. Or that you have a scratch on the fender that perhaps you didn't notice before.