(sorry for double ppost... did not mean to put this in Tracker: IDEA Features in the first place!)
I have been reading and contributing to these forums/mailinglist for a long time now. And I must say that I am rather disapointed with how serious and critical everyone is becomming in these forums.
There was a time when comming to these forums was refreshing. The exchanges were creative, fun, and challenging. Philosophical issues about how should an IDE function; discussions on how our lives could be rendered simpler if IDEA did something no-one else provided; and completely insane ideas, were all quite common.
There used to be a community feeling here, and I fear it's disapearing!
These days all I see is bug-reports, vailed critisism of IDEA's planned features, or feature request offset with threats to Intellij. I am not saying that these do not have their place in these forums. Rather I think they miss the point of these forums.
Instead of worrying about Intellij IDEA becomming just another big corporation IDE we should be worring about us, it's users, what are we becomming? I miss the feature wish-lists, the +1's, the-100's, and funky discussions that used to be so common.
I also think that Intellij would profit more from constructive critisism and off-the-wall imagination than from "I will never use this feature if you implement it like this..." or "It would be nice if IDEA worked exactly the same way we work in my company..." type of discussions.
Maybe I am wrong and the EAP user-base has just gotten to big for that freindly community feeling there used to be!
And finally clearly understand that i do not wish to suggest that anyone be sencored or not allowed to express themselves...