Quoted from Robotoes:
Opinions on this thread aside, what does this even mean??? Well aware of the perceived "huge" blowup re: licensing, which I frankly think is massively overblown.
PPS has products for pinball machines. The community owns pinball machines and needs products for them. They have a choice to purchase said products. There's no relationship to cultivate - they're a business and we're potential customers.
That wasn't the only thread where things got a little unruly. Granted, yes, the licensing situation between PPS and PR was quite discouraging.
Yes, considering that PPS makes parts and we own machines that need those parts, I don't see why there can't be some civility between the community and PPS. There's no reason for folks to be antagonistic, fly off the handle at the drop of a hat, grab pitchforks, and chase PPS around the forum like a group of kids trying to kick the stuffing out of a soccer ball. Instead, some calm discussion can go a long way. The whole honey/vinegar thing.
If PPS makes a move that doesn't benefit the community, then yes, by all means--offer up your honest criticism.
This hobby is supposed to be fun, not filled with drama. Parts manufacturers tend to make stuff because of love for the hobby (and yes, there's nothing wrong with making some money from their efforts). However, PPS isn't a pinata where the more times you batter it with a stick, the more candy you get out of it. More likely, they'll just take their toys and go home if they find it isn't worth the headache.
All in all, I appreciate the efforts of PPS to bring stuff to the light of day. There are probably going to be some bumps in the road as things start to come together and ramp up, but I'm hopeful that in a few months time, we might be seeing some interesting things happen. I'd really like to see this hobby flourish, and that might very well happen with a good group of folks at the helm.