On July 30, 2012, Robbo created a post about funding a media gallery for xenForo. I was the first one to reply to that post as this was something I was incredibly excited for and thought it was fantastic considering that development was uncertain at the time for xenForo. It was great that a 3rd party developer was ready to continue to trust and invest in the xenForo community to keep the software alive and going.
So the crowdsourcing project started. I was so excited that I told everyone I know. People that have been in the forum industry for years if not more than a decade.
Here are just a few quotes from some of the people I encouraged to donate to this project via creating a thread on another forum. (Each quote is a different person and each person did donate. We can verify this with Robbo should he wish to break his silence).
I've already sent him some money to support development of his gallery project, but sure I'd send more. Is his kickstarter page up yet?
I'll donate $100
I'm interested. I contributed a little. Thanks for the persistence Brent - I would've forgotten
I'll make a $100 contribution to the cause.
Okay, I donated $50 for this.
August 9, 2012 I received this PM from Robbo:
The first test version should be ready some time next week and will just be like an upgraded simple gallery, no user gallerys. Second version will add the user galleries etc. Then lots more.
In January of this year (2013) this was posted by him:
It was estimated for 2 months when I expected to reach a higher goal. To put things in perspective I am behind on bills and may be off-line due to the phone getting cut off.
What there is is piss poor attitude from him. I use piss poor because nothing else would get pass the censor system here.
He made this post not long ago which is nothing more than a deflection of responsibility for his inability to maintain his promise toward his investors.
Robbo, you started this entire crowdsourcing project knowing that the future of xenForo was uncertain. You started this knowing your current financial situation at the time. You took our money and you took my trust and you basically took a piss on it all.
Your current attitude is completely ****ed up. You should be communicating with us and the xenForo community and not huffing and puffing about how xenForo developers are responsible for your decisions.
We are pissed and I feel responsible for a few people because I pushed a lot of them your way. This is my response. I have held off longer than others for posting this but I am not happy at all with your demeanor when it comes to interacting with those that put a lot of positive vibes and a lot of money your way.
Please break your silence, own up to your decisions, errors/mistakes and let this be a lesson. Your current direction is not a solution. You have single handily ruined me for recommending people to any Crowdsourcing projects going forward.
We are your customers. It is your job to reach out and communicate to us. Not take our money and dicate the terms in abrasive ways.