I’m missing the link now but a indie developer once posted that he had to stop reading his own forums or else he’d never work on his game.
I know how that is. I don’t think most forum users have any inkling how demotivational carping on the forums can be. I can’t even count the number of times where I was geared up to work on a new update to a given game over the weekend only to have all desire to open up the compiler snuffed out when I went onto the forums to see what things people wanted me to put in.
It’s not that developers have a problem with criticism. In fact, we crave constructive feedback. What we really don’t like is hyperbole. Even though we can say to ourselves “this guy is just speaking for effect” it still takes a toll.