I have lately been motivated to return to the flawless Adobe Camera Raw editor and give up on the interesting editor, RawTherapee, which I have used with some appreciation the last six to eight months. When we - the dedicated photographers and users of image editing software - work out the pros and contras for a product, we develop an idea of what is extraordinary good, what is redundant, what is not so good - and what is missing. I have 20 years of experience as an it developer serving the private sector.
So I optimistically signed up for this discuss forum and expected to join a hall of enlightened minds intelligently supporting the ongoing development of RawTherapee, ART, Darktable, Gimp, etc.
Unfortunately I soon had to revise that image. And I need to warn other serious candidates: Within half a year your patience will be severely challenged very negatively. This forum is dominated by socially isolated types begging for action in their lives. Unfortunately they are overshadowing a number of sensible and knowingly people - including, hidden in the far back - a number of developers who seem to be protecting their creations to a degree that they up front act reluctant to any new ideas not originating from themselves.
But wait, it gets worse - a number of so-called moderators work accordingly to the latest new woke principles by zealously collecting “micro insults” committed by members they feel inferior to. Yes, that’s how bad it is. The mantra is: Don’t think you know more than me - I am chosen to share my nonsense with you weather you like it or not - and I am wearing the moderator hat!
Btw. typically for such characters they hide behind an avatar.
Then, when you finally manage to get into a dialog with one of the real developers, and you are looking forward to an interesting conclusion, what happens? The discussion is untimely interrupted and derailed - for now is the time for the “moderator” to confront you with his list of countless micro insults, things you have said in other contexts - carefully collected in a pedantic effort to seek revenge. If you at that point rightfully tells the Wokes-man that he’s a genuine idiot, he’s all that more delighted to ban you and suspend your account. This at the same time clear the way for his continuing verbal tyranny without interruptions - and apparently with everybody’s acceptance! How the hell can a snake character like “Micro” end up as a moderator? He’s poisonous to the very idea of free speech and friendly interaction.
My experience after half a year with this discuss forum can be expressed in two words — “arrested development!” — and I’m not entirely referring to the software. After such a nonsense trip with a virtual kindergarten, I feel like a child molester! I can only urge well meaning people to avoid this forum, at least while it works as it does right now. Your best intentions to serve the common good with your experience and ideas will typically be met with childish stupidity.
This arrested development phenomenon, which probably also has caused the much delayed release of RT 5.9, has changed my personal attitude as a user too. Now when I know how the creator of one of these raw editors thinks and acts, i.e. like a child protecting his toy - I have become very little motivated to have anything to do with the products from such minds.
That’s why I am dusting off my good old ACR that never failed me. The money was not a problem, the cloud concept was - and is.
Finally - all the weird nonsense from this forum begs for a conspiracy theory:
Why this hostility to new ideas? Why can’t we talk about changes as normal people without being interrupted by fools? What is the idea of meeting incoming good will with obstruction?
The question must be asked: Who would benefit from a situation where an open source product never reached the level allowing it to seriously compete with the corresponding commercial software?
I can think of at least two parties who would benefit from the avoidance of such a clash - potentially including a lot of reptiles in the capacity of watch men. My theory would explain the policing and the forces against development within this forum.
I know - I am a conspiracy theorist, absolutely, but the described agenda has already been confirmed by the actual behavior of the so-called moderators, and such a behavior - to a normal person - very much looks like a deliberate suppressive policy protecting an accepted arrested development, a policy which could! be paying off behind the scenes.