Here's what you guys need to understand:
1. You bought a license to Tweetie 1, and were promised inclusion in a Tweetie 2 beta program. No date was ever released describing when this beta program would begin. A time frame of around a month was given, but nothing was ever set in stone. If you want to argue in futility that you are obligated this instant to either beta access or even news about said beta access via some non-binding, vague statement about the timeframe of a beta project - a beta, for god's sake, not even stable software - feel free to fight and lose.
2. You bought a gaggle of other applications in this bundle. You cannot ask for all or even part of your money back. You are entirely unaware of how the money was distributed behind the scenes, and I'd guesstimate that anyone who asked for a refund based on the Tweetie 2 nonsense would continue happily using the other applications they purchased - most of which were valued at $20 or higher on their own. It makes you sound like you're looking for an excuse to rob some developers of their hard-earned money. Perhaps you should return all of your licenses, then, including your Tweetie 1 license, under those conditions. If that sounds less appealing, that's because you didn't actually buy Tweetie 2, and yet you're asking for your money back.
3. You people have absolutely no concept about the kindness of developers. MacHeist is a marketing opportunity, not a money-making opportunity. The money to be had is mostly with repeat customers and the word of mouth buying that occurs post-bundle, where prices are back to normal. The developers are basically sucking your dicks for publicity. Don't piss on their faces.
Furthermore, if you purchase software, you should not expect updates when you want them. The developer has the sole discretion at all times whether or not to update their software. But when you pay for something, you pay for it as-is, and not with the expectation that something will be fixed or upgraded in the future. If you bought Tweetie - some of you even for the second time - for the "exclusive beta access," you were misled from the start. In the realm of software, it's never wise to purchase based on future expectations, or even potential, unless there has been some kind of literal guarantee that the software will be updated.
Loren provides no such guarantee. From the level of communication he's demonstrated, I highly doubt Tweetie 2 is far along. But it doesn't matter - you paid for Tweetie 1. You cannot ask for your money back for that which you were not promised. You also cannot ask the developer to speak out - what obligation does he have to tell you the status of his work? How many developers do you know, outside of the Mac indie community, that frequently update on the status of new versions of their products?
You were not promised Tweetie 2. You were promised inclusion in an eventual beta program. You weren't even promised that the beta program would happen, and there were no written terms stating anything about it. Are you upset that the developer is not giving his express attention to you to let you know the status of his software? Maybe he's busy working on it. Or not. Either way, you got what you paid for. So please stop whining.
You all got precisely what you paid for. Use your software and be happy. It's not that big of a deal.
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