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The subject was straight to the point, so will this.
I'm losing interest in Drupal as a viable option, and have begun to move on to paid solutions and paid content management systems, with the caveat that I'm also paying for support. Everything else, I'm able to build myself. I regret totally that most modules I've encountered fill a broad, basic need as a catch-all for thousands of users. The idea seems to be that if you build a 'suite' (such as ubercart), you'll fill most needs and perhaps most of your users will only need to use 70 or 80 percent of it. That does also mean that users are going to need your help to make up that last 20 or 30 percent on their own, and this is where I see a major flaw with this community.
I would like to request that each module page is given an option for 'Support Status'. This could be a taxonomy or free-form field, where the maintainer explains the level of their involvement in supporting the product they've put out. Install numbers and downloads don't bother me - what does is knowing what's going to happen. If the module is stable (which it's seemed more often than I'd like isn't unfortunately), and if any instabilities are going to be fixed (which in many cases are taking far too long). My proposed solution adds a warning label for more junior Drupal users to perhaps stay away from a module they won't be prepared to go elbows-deep in on (or don't have the time to).
The gist of this is that most of my post history is reporting bugs. It's also something of a shame that most of these throughout the two-and-a-half years have been ignored and left to rot. This isn't good enough.