First thanks to all that took time to read my post and respond. Not exactly what I expected but I can understand your perspective. However I think we may have misunderstood each other intents.
Being attractive to a wide range of users was not the driving intention, it merely is a side effect.
I understand this and mostly agree with this statement which is why I said I may have over reached in my initial post about
…in an attempt to attract a larger following…
I may have over reached with that statement…
there’s not even a commercial system to match OH in terms of functionality and flexibility
I completely agree. Which is why I am an OpenHAB user. I not only explored other open source options before settling on OpenHAB, but commercial offerings too. Nothing I found compares in terms of flexibility and stability.
…if we feel offended by a statement or lack of gratitude
I see frustration in having to answer the same questions repeatedly when a quick search of the forums or docs would provide an answer. However this just reinforces my case that OpenHAB in particular, and open source HA is not suitable for masses if simple, basic tools such as search and read are ignored or not used. Open source HA requires a certain level of self sufficiency and I just don’t see in these potential users.
And we don’t bother about making money …
It was never my intent to suggest that OpenHAB should or could make money. I completely understand the non-profit nature of the OpenHAB Foundation as it has been noted many times throughout these forums by Kai and others. It was intended as a simple analogy that we all have choices. No one forces any of us to spend our time on these forums or to use OpenHAB as our HA platform. I was attempting to suggest that before negatively criticizing OpenHAB they should comparison shop other platforms to make an informed comparison. None are perfect but some are much better than others for their intended use. We were all newcomers to HA at some point, so that isn’t the issue. Rather draining community resources to answer questions that could easily be answered with a simple search and some basic reading results in high maintenance and ultimately frustration/being offended which none of us want. Please note I make a distinction between constructive criticism to improve OpenHAB and purely negative criticism.
Really?? Not even sure what this means or why it is here, but I have developed thick skin over the years working with the engineers at BMW, Daimler and Audi so I’ll let it go at that.