'the write stuff'
Perhaps I'm just thick (that could be) ... but you're right - your meaning wasn't clear to me.I think you missed my point entirely on that one....
That is obviously and always true, and not just with respect to NewTek. Frankly, I think any clear thinking and experienced person would agree with Rich's stated intentions. I'd paraphrase this as 'Buy based on your actual needs, and on what's actually on the table'; this has been stated by many people in many ways over the years, and it's good professional counsel. If you need some specific feature and a product doesn't have it, why wouldn't you buy one that does?... if users don't find their Newtek product does what they need, and they don't find they're getting satisfactory answers on Newtek's future plans, they can leave.
With respect to questions about the future, no-one has a crystal ball. To the extent humanly possible (given numerous practical constraints and in the absence of omniscience), I believe straightforward, sincere answers have been given. It must be clear to any adult that if these did not satisfy, continually chipping away trying to get a different answer is not really likely to produce anything useful.
No-one ever said, afaik, that in a few short years 'SE would totally dominate the field', or that it would 'soon have every feature on Eugene's wishlist'. As you modestly admitted in a parallel thread "I guess I really did overestimate the intent and goals of SpeedEDIT".
This does not mean SE is not a cool editor with some innovative features, a tool which many get a lot of use, enjoyment and profit from. Nor does it mean that, since the most recent update is obviously running late, progressive development has not been ongoing. Nor does it mean that things which *have* been promised have been abandoned.
Can't or don't want to wait and see? Carry on, blessings be upon you. Happy to come along for the ride? Excellent news, sorry for the wait - I'm positive everyone is doing their best. Anything left to say on the subject? Nope, exactly as you said "there's nothing further to discuss" - anything further is just reiteration.