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A Few (?) Words of Advice to All Developers

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Hi all,I know that there are several prominant developers that read this forum, and others that are interested in starting out. I've also read of several whom have left the FS hobby recently, sometimes taking their files off the web with them. This is very sad to me, since their contribution has also been removed. So, to try to avoid people being surprised by what is to come once you release a model, I thought I'd try to help. I've been doing this since 1996, and perhaps I can contribute a bit of advice from someone who has seen it all.First, get ready for some great times, and meeting some great people. You will get lots of email and forum posts from people who are truly grateful for your work, and don't want you to do anything for them. You will also get posts from people with pictures of planes, panels, etc. - just what you needed to make your model better, or do the next one. They don't want anything in return - they just want to help. You will get mentioned in text files for some little thing you helped someone with, and never expected such a kind gesture in return.----Enjoy these posts - they are the reward for all of your efforts. Save these messages in a mailbox called something like Kudos (see below).Second, also get ready for messages from people who want you to do this and do that. They want a propliner author (me) to make a 777, they think that the 27th rivet on the 12th row of the right wing is too far left, and (oh by the way) that the 727-234 never had a window in that spot.----Respond kindly to these posts - they are just excited about your model and the natural tendency is for them to want to make it better, or for you to make their favorite. They are actually complementing you on your fine efforts to date - they wouldn't want to improve something that is not worth the effort.Third, also get ready for messages from people that complain that you are really stupid for making a model with so many mistakes, and that you are an idiot for releasing such a piece of trash. They will also mention that they would like the source files because they like your engine nacelles and that they want to add it to their own plane (which of course is going to be the best one ever built).----I usually don't respond to these posts, but they do discourage and depress me. I start thinking "maybe I should just stop". I then go to my Kudos mailbox and start reading the messages until I realize that there are a lot more people who are grateful for my models than are complaining or denegrating.Fourth, also get ready for people who will steal your models, your textures, your web page images, your text files, your everything! They will also put your work on CD and sell it, and put it on pay-only sites. I've even had people ask for permission to repaint a plane, and when released my name appears nowhere in the zip!----These seem to be the hardest for many to take. For me, I realized early on that if I let these things bother me, I wasn't going to last long being a developer. So, I made sure I added my web page address in my text files, and if my stuff is sold or stolen usually I will at least get some free advertising! :) At this point, my stuff has been stolen so many times that it really doesn't bother me much any more - I just shrug and keep going. The key is to realize that it is going to happen, and many times there is little you can do about it. Move on to your next project.After reading this to the bottom, you may become discouraged. Please reread the first point right now, and hopefully you will realize (like I have) that Point One is worth all of the other points put together, by far.Hope this helps,-- Tom GibsonCalifornia Classic Propliners: http://www.calclassic.com/Cal Classic Alco Page: http://www.calclassic.com/alco/Freeflight Design Shop: http://www.freeflightdesign.com/ San Diego Model RR Museum: http://www.sdmodelrailroadm.com/Drop by! ___x_x_(")_x_x___

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Fifth: Never ever design a mainstream airliner! Stick to the cool planes that most people have never heard of, and no one will bother to give you any trouble, and the true enthusiasts will love your model. As far as I can see most of the scandals we have seen in the last years have been related to Boeing-models. - Oyvind

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Your the man....great post...to all those who complain..get a life or get designing yourself...only when you produce something perfect you will have the real thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Good point. One reason I have probably lasted as long as I have is that I design for a smaller group of people. I would be very afraid to design a Boeing jet!! Mike Stone is a better man than I... :)-- Tom GibsonCalifornia Classic Propliners: http://www.calclassic.com/Cal Classic Alco Page: http://www.calclassic.com/alco/Freeflight Design Shop: http://www.freeflightdesign.com/ San Diego Model RR Museum: http://www.sdmodelrailroadm.com/Drop by! ___x_x_(")_x_x___

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Could be funny to run a word-use analysis of, say, 20 complaining e-mail and put down the winners (i.e. the words used the most) as filters.

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Hi folks,I mentioned this in the Project Airbus forum just recently.If you look at the number of downloaders versus the number of complainers, I think the happy downloaders far outweigh the idiot complainers.I'm guilty of not posting a thank you note to every plane deisgner, but complain - I'd never dream of it! I also mentioned how embarressed I feel every time I see one of these complaining posts. Like the time I saw some ** ask Mr. Stone to change the size of the wheels on the 727! or the recent idiot who keeps asking flightcraft about 'the fix for the incorrectly sized window on one side of the cockpit' on their A340-600. What a bunch of losers and thankfully they ARE in the majority. For the talented few out there - Please don't give up. We can not let a small percentage destroy what the majority loves - Your planes!Regards,Boone

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