I dont know what exactly spiked this but it seemed to start around the time I saw the VESC X post show up. There has been an unprecedented level of hate and aggressive posts on here in the past few day mostly if not entirely aimed at @onloop. I dont know how to but this any better that none of us are without faults, you get the good with the bad and thats true of any one of us on here. Its very easy to point the finger at someone else without stopping to reflect on the quality of your own being. This large scale attack on him and his company isnt helping him or you out in the long run, I feel.
I am trying to stay neutral, I do not meet to say you, the members of the forum, or he is right on any one issue or how it was handled but I am asking that you consider one thing. Every minute he has to be on here and defend the integrity of his work and company, which he has to once someone says something with a negative connotation because simply put it’s his lively hood your talking about, is another minute that he cannot put towards focusing on improving his business and operations. How excited would you be to go do what you love to do after you had 10,15,20 people tell you you’re doing it wrong or that its not how they would do it. I know it would take the piss out of me and I truthfully would probably walk away for a few hours or a day before I had the desire and drive to go at it again with a fresh mind.
How many of us have emailed or called Hobby King or Turnigy directly and complained relentlessly about their brushless motor shortages? I know I havent. My order from Ollin happened to be delayed by almost a month, I ordered in July and didnt get my VESCs until early September. There had been quality issues and a new batch had to be rushed to ensure that good quality products were being delivered and it took some extra time. And thats just for a couple VESC’s. Can you imagine trying to ship something with LiPo batteries right now? the delays that have probably been created due to this whole Note 7 fiasco Samsung unleashed. Your lucky if you live somewhere where ground shipping of a complete battery pack is an option. Everyone is even LUCKIER that @onloop has gone through the pain of getting the the proper certifications to be able to ship his spacecell CERTIFIED battery packs internationally because there are many on here who will make you a battery pack and only ship it within the states because this is a huge frontier to overcome.
Look, I’m not saying praise the guy ever minute of every day either. If he’s doing a good job or brings forward a new idea/product to the market give the man some credit. Let’s be able to have an open discussion about it without intentionally trying to entice one another. If you feel that there is a valid and honest opinion that you wish to share write it out and walk away. I did. My original post was going to be about how the other post got locked and we arent allowed to express our opinions and it was hateful but it didnt add value to the majority of the people on here and all it was really accomplishing was making me feel good. I stepped back and I reflected on what I had written vs what I wanted to say and they did not match. When you let emotions rule your judgement you will make decisions you will regret and that is true on here and in life.
I will say my personal opinion is that the past few days could have been handled better, by BOTH sides but that is my opinion and at the end of the day, I will never know how I would have reacted in @onloop’s position. His business has taken off at unpredictable rates and is in all likelihood still growing for a few more years before his capacity will naturally be able to keep up with demand. As someone who is doing a double major, one of them being in management, just because Enertion is making a profit does not mean they have the capital investments needed to meet market demand. The bulk of his sales likely go towards covering costs, and then his profits have to support both his family, home and personal endeavors and his growing business, you can only spread that so thin. Anyway I’ve ranted and this is much longer than I originally wanted. If you made it this far then congratulations, that was probably all over the place and it probably doesnt flow very well but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the past few days on here. I’ve written too much to not post this at this point. If you dont agree or do agree thats cool. If you want to tell me I’m an idiot thats cool too, you’re entitled to your opinion as well. But if you’re going to tell me I’m an idiot do me and everyone else the favor of explaining why in a clear and concise manner so that I can learn from this and others can too.
TLDR: No one’s perfect, if you are, then you can start up and run the perfect eSK8 company in this economy. It’s a growing industry, you might very well be as big as Enertion is one day.