Hence my separating the dream scenario from the workable scenario. Same response to the middle of your post. For scaling you need investors that will be attracted to a large userbase (which the current plan, I feel, is not likely to achieve), for open sourcing you may only rely on the kindness of strangers. Picking either is fine, trying to straddle isn’t.
Untrue, Image Occlusion being the most obvious example - it’s what Anki has thrived on, and what RemNote decided to paywall.
We should be openly discussing the arguments presented rather than trying to latch onto imperfect wording or any perceived status (to keep the post count to a readable number, if nothing else). I’ve not been harsh, and the point of being a mod is providing expertise that has been helpful in the past, not blindly toeing the party line (in this, I hope, all are agreed).
I honestly have no idea what sarcasm or cynicism there is in pointing out the flaws in the current plan and presenting alternative ones. It’s certainly not apocalyptic as it stands, but, in my opinion, it could benefit from moving to either extreme (open source and go it alone or chasing investors to afford a more robust free version while attracting richer clientele to paid features, more of which are coming). In no scenario are the developers likely to starve, nor any RemNote user go bankrupt. It is a question of optimisation, not catastrophising. Do you allow for the possibility of there being room for improvement, or am I again assaulting you in a most violent fashion (that was an example of sarcasm, just for a bit of fun)?