Even stripped of a large number of advanced features it still has orders of magnitude more functionality than Diaspora (for instance) as far as conversational community software goes, so this configuration may appeal to a number of people.
The basic consensus is that the project suffered from bad marketing decisions which were compounded by mixed messages about the project goals and target audience. A "rival" project (Diaspora) was marketing itself as a Facebook competitor, but after some long discussions it was determined that Redmatrix wasn't a Facebook competitor at all, and too much emphasis was being placed on the "social network" and "anti-Facebook" features. It was a novel decentralisation platform with distributed identity and permissions, and as was pointed out, the "end user" was the wrong target market. These marketing mistakes were now identified with the project name and random sampling of various "customers" showed that none of them really had a clue about the software goals or target market segment. The mixed messages were associated with the brand identity and this was a problem.The Redmatrix community held a vote and the project was renamed "Hubzilla", with a renewed identity and focus - to provide software for creating and ultimately linking together unrelated community websites or "hubs" into a global community.
So I can imagine you still have the possibility to change it later.
A server can choose to be a Hubzilla UNO server at installation time. This is a permanent andpotentially irreversible decision. One can migrate their UNO channel to a "normal" hubzilla server,but they *cannot* clone it (in either direction).
"Whoa! What is this? I haven't even setup an account and it's asking if I want to create a forum or repository or some other weird shit. This is too freaking crazy. Get me out of here...."
I'm currently trading our most vocal critics for time.
I'm looking at a much bigger problem than usability. If we cannot reconcile nomadic identity and integration with other services we are going to lose one of them - as they are incompatible.
Where are you hearing these critics?
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”