I think it’s less that then having it slapped again and again and again in their faces like a dead fish which seems to presume we’re all too stupid to understand (or at least not nearly as intelligent as the fish wielder). Most everyone has figured out whether the machine will meet its intended purpose for them and if not, left; and if so, doesn’t need to be bludgeoned with what is to them trivialities of engineering precision that makes no meaningful difference to getting what they want out of the machine.
If the machine achieves acceptable results on material from 0.01" to 0.5" I (and many others) don’t give a rodent’s derriere if it does it in 32 steps, 16 steps or even effin 1 step. The engineering just doesn’t matter. You can explain all you want how it’s not really focused but if I can’t tell the difference, then for me it is and I expect that’s true of almost everyone still here - we care about the reality of the results we are getting, not about how it’s being achieved by the hardware and software.
You can argue that I’m accepting (or defending) a lie, but I’m not. It’s not the technical engineering of focusing that I assumed I was buying when told it would handle material up to 0.5" - it’s the results. They look focused to me so they’ve done what they said & what I bought. It is entirely meaningless that it’s technically focused only up to .470" (or whatever). I bought results and am not presuming to dictate the how used to achieve those results. I can stick a half-inch thick piece of material in there and get as good or better results than I get with the Redsail so it’s focused. Don’t care what your stepper calculations tell you. Don’t care where the wasp-waist of the focal cone lies or where the depth of field expands outwards.
I (and almost everyone else I expect) make this same judgement every day about many products - my kitchen oven only holds + - 2.5 degrees. Is Samsung a SCAMMING LYING SCUMBAG company because they’re not really letting me set it to 350 degrees? I can’t actually ever really get there except by the vagaries of the swing in the temperature. But they tell me I can. There’s even a button that says it does it, it’s got bright LEDs saying it’s set that way but my other temperature monitors & probes say that’s not the case and due to the thermistor being used I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to be that accurate. Do I care? Not a freaking bit - the cakes and pies and cookies come out fine.
I suspect your flag was due to some way in which you phrased whatever you said or failed to provide the whole story on something and twisted or slanted it so it looks like you’re an innocent victim of the mob vs fully responsible for the results of your own actions. (And no I didn’t flag it so I don’t know what caused it - just my speculation. Not that I wouldn’t applaud the mob )
It’s interesting to me though because Scott is equally disturbed by many things about the GF but is putting his money where his mouth is and making positive contributions both to the current state of the knowledge of the device, without judgement; and he’s advancing an alternative in the event either GF goes away and the cloud leaves us with bricks or as an option for folks who can’t use the machine as effectively as they might because of the cloud dependency. He’s not just saying things, he’s doing something. I’ll defend him, including his recent post about the GF failure to post their firmware as promised and required by Open Source licensing because he’s a positive force.