This will bother a lot of people and might be insulting in a way but I have to put it out there and I'm not pointing the finger and the developers nor am I pointing it at the testers, what I am doing is telling you facts as a big big user and fan of industrial craft and a long term server owner.
Industrial Craft releases with to many bugs. Meh it happens and so what usually happens? Bug fixes woot and we call them hotfixes. But you guys for some reason have diverted away from this and it's really strange. I don't know if your using some kind of internal repo or not because if you are not it almost makes sense because its like a week before you release you start working on future updates and then when we do need a hotfix it never comes because you are already to deep in coding to revert any changes.
I'm not actually saying the above happens but dealing with so many mods and open and close source projects over 10 years I have had that one come up as one the highest when it comes to releases and bug fixes.
I mean some of the bugs in this release are just unacceptable to a high quality mod like Industrial Craft. I assume you guys have some pride when it comes to quality of your mod and when Industrial Craft comes out these days we have to have a full team in SMP testing EVERYTHING from the changes + more because we never expect anything to go right.
For example someone on Vent said we don't need to test crops right, and I said ugh no since there was changes you for sure want to check them since they might actually blow up now LOL. As a joke and this is our policy for all mods when we update btw so don't feel that I'm centering you guys out in anyway.
Anyways the point is almost all the bugs we found had been related to new changes. A little odd that the testers had miss bugs that were fixed or changed or had some kind of reference to them. This in the end I consider extremely bad testing and again I'm not blaming the testers I mean maybe they were not even given the current list of changes and etc. Maybe you guys don't trust them with all the info. I'm not sure but all this cloak and dagger stuff is actually killing the Industrial Craft name.
Now with all these new performance monitors in Forge on both client / server we have noticed IC being the highest impact on our resources and this stuff is starting to add up. We have to almost consider a new future for our players if things keep going south overtime. Not that its something we want but what is a large community suppose to do when they are severely impacted?
Anyways I hope you don't mind me letting off some steam on it I'm not blaming anyone and I don't know what is going inside but I'm just letting you know how I feel about the current releases that we been getting and I guess the quality of the mod.
Last thing I'm a big fan of IC. I have always loved IC and I think it takes someone to actually love and be a real fanboy to actually bring certain problems to attention. The other people are like ITS THERE MOD STFU are really just random CoD players for a quick ride. The people like me who want to see this mod going in 2 years from now are the ones with the annoying and hated voices but usually we are the ones that care more