As a prospective customer, I have to say the lack of customer support and communication is driving me to look at the competition.
You shouldn't worry too much. Forums invite discussion and only the most vocal will be heard. Even when things are going fine you can still find drama in the forums. Software support will come from the development community.
Communication is important, but demanding updates won't work. It has been previously shown that deadlines didn't work and people will be informed right away when the units can be sent.
But I can't exactly see which competing devices you are talking about. Devices with dedicated development communities like these behind it are hard to find (an exception is the OpenPandora community).
My ghast is all a flabber. After everything that has gone down here, how can Justin or Pardue allow the treatment style of Kickstarter followers to be so undeniably different (read better) than followers on this community.
I go to KS to get updates more often than here because that seems to be the only place to find them. The big downside to that is that those updates don't have any bearing on the SEs situation.
Why oh why does the message fail to sink in. Provide clear and regular communication if you want a happy customer base. Even if the update is only to say, "Hi, haven't forgotten about you guys, but at the moment there is no further news."
Used and abused, I certainly feel it!
Another person that is misunderstanding the situation. We, as the developers, decided not to let Justin personally respond to messages on the forums. That's why Pardue was appointed. Justin is also unable to post on Dingoonity during work (which is when he updates Kickstarter).
Since the SE units are now V2.0 units, just like the Kickstarter units, all updates about the hardware and software apply to the SE units as well.