I also just want folks to have some empathy for deckers, especially those that have tried to grind it out, carve out side hustles, RP the best they can, and wait out what we always hope is around the corner.
I am -not- bashing the work of anyone who works on the game, this isn't me trying to poop on anyone, it's just trying to put in perspective the frustration the archetype brings with it.
Just look at all the features SD has added in just the last year or two. All the disguise updates, the makeup stuff, the chatter system, the shroud stuff, the ambient NPC stuff, the ganger system changes, all this incredible complex work -- amazing work by our staff, who I'm proud of and amazed by left and right. These bring great RP, complexity, richness to our world.
Now imagine you're a decking-oriented player who's essentially had the same grid system for more than 10 years.
Imagine being a combat character of basically any kind -- corpsec, ganger, elite UE maxed street sam for hire, whatever. Imagine there was no coded combat system at all. Like Eph mentioned, imagined you just had to emote and RP it and hope everyone involved was agreeable to each step and outcome -- even this isn't even comparable, because even then you might have outcomes that actually have repercussions in the IC world that people would care about.
Imagine people being unafraid of gangers or solos because in meta they know that unless they really, really, really bend over backward to for some reason make themselves vulnerable (and absolutely no one does to deckers, ever), they can't be hurt by them.
Now imagine feeling passionate about playing a character like that for, like, 15 years, while deckers received 15 years of one feature after another, with one topic after another on the BGBB where all the -other- players on the game got to excitedly go 'THIS IS AMAZING, THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS FIXES MY PROBLEMS AND MAKES ME EXCITED TO PLAY THE GAME'.
That's how deckers feel watching one makeup tweak, or grappling addition, or armor complexity update post as the months and years go by. Meanwhile we log in to SIC chatter about 'THE GRID? LUL DICKZ ON NODEZ'.
We lack great lore or community too. Decking characters don't last long because they get super burned out by all of the above and suicide to play Another Combat Character Who Maybe Also Is A Tailor Or Whatever.
The one decker in 'Withmore History', Trancer, you say? Trancer was famous not because he was a decker, trust me. Trancer was famous because in his time there were like 10 active players, so allying with any one of them made you / your group very strong. Trancer had strong friends. Trancer was involved with interesting events. Trancer -did- have insane decking skills, including rolling such a high cracking skill check on the first grid hack ever that it broke the system (throwback, Johnny!). But there was nothing to use them on. Trancer got bored, turned into a badass combat character like everyone else, had great roleplay -- that's why he's A Somebody. Not because he, like, hacked the planet.
I vent this just so people who may not get it yet get why some folks may get really, really salty about the topic, IC and OOC. Decking may not now or ever be your thing, but it's very much the thing for some of us, and we watch and even join in being happy when everyone else gets fancy new stuff when we've gotten nothing for literally forever, so give us some slack and maybe try to have fun with us. :)