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…So far as feedback, it’s always a mixed bag….”
I understand and I agree. Several of my design projects were messed up by managers insisting on features that the customers did not ask for nor need. One I recall went from a simple $15 at Radio Shack for parts product (sell for $100 to a customer itching to buy) to a $500 our cost (sell for $1000 …too low a margin) product that the customer wouldn’t buy due to cost. My boss insisted on a bunch of bells and whistles that weren’t needed and delayed delivery and increased cost and this killed the product.
The other problem is a deluge of advice can delay the design to the point that it never is finished. I have lived this both as a designer and a project manager.
As hobbyists, we have an advantage in that we are the bosses as well as the customers and have total control of the project. We are free to use or not use the advice offered. I learn from advice but I no longer have to let it dictate my progress.
With that being said, advice is always welcomed by me but I will not let it interfere with my projects, only enhance them. I think you have figured this out and you are wise to forge ahead as you planned.
(Nice talk Russ…).