So, let’s assume that Ore suddenly was going to allow monetization of plugins. How long would it take to implement so that devs could use it? My conservative guess. A year at least. You know the Ore API V2 that we’ve been working on for months now? I initially thought I could get it out around May or so. Stuff takes time when only two devs are working on a project.
Oh, but I’m probably just not working enough on Ore, right? If I could just put in an hour extra of work every day, surely stuff would move faster? Well, that’s looking away from the fact that working on Ore is almost like a full-time job for me. There are loads of big features and projects that I know perfectly well how to do (in most cases), but stuff takes time to code and design. Every feature you propose is a feature we need to implement. Some just take 5 minutes, some like monetization would probably take a month to get just right. And honestly, there are features I would much rather work on than monetization.
The biggest reason why I do this is because I enjoy it. Not because it brings me fame, or because it opens up future paths for me, but simply because I enjoy it. I’m not going to do something I don’t enjoy doing. I’m sure it’s the same for many others here. So to just say that they should develop something for 1.13 vanilla, only to throw it away later because they probably need other designs to accommodate Forge is just insulting. Sure, if people want to do that, they’ll do it, but I’m not seeing anyone actually do it.
Why bring this up? Because you keep saying that people shouldn’t complain when people say they aren’t paid. The point isn’t that people should pay us for the work we do. We aren’t paid, and for me at least, I don’t mind. In fact, I kind of like it because it means I can decide what I work on. What I definitively don’t like is someone complaining that I should DO MORE when I have put my heart and soul into this project. If I had been paid, sure, it would have been different, I would have worked towards what the ones that paid me wanted. I’m not getting paid though, so I work the way I want. My time and commitment, my rules, and my opinions.