Tafoid, all you said in your reply is right and perfectly understandable. I agree for example with the "no-nag" patches and so on. What I have to say is another thing:
Ok, Developers may not be happy with critics from users but when you made something available for free to the public you have to be ready to receive feedbacks from your users base, positives and negatives. If you simply think that a "Fuck off dude, me I'm Developer God, you a retarded nerd!" is the answer and the attitude to use... well there's not much future for MAME+MESS project. I can understand that it's a hobby, a passion (like I guess it's for me with my MAMEUIFX) and often "real life" arrives with its problems to solve. It's normal. Though it's a fact that the focus of the development is now the 'MESS' part of the project. MAME-ARCADE (if you want to call in this way) is quite abandoned after the big "Raiden 2 & Zero Team working!" happened at least more than a year ago. I'm not criticizing the efforts on MESS, it's right because it's clear it needs more "attention" by Developers and surely offers more challenges to a talented coder. Though, if the efforts are add more and more skeleton computers and systems to the core instead of have a serious look to what it's already emulated and improve it, so, sorry to say this, I find the "there's no an active Developer behind that system" motivation a pathetic excuse. This is my opinion, wrong or right the time will say.