I quite enjoy NetBeans, and I would like to aver my wishes for it's ongoing success. I am looking at contributing to this thread with some hesitation, so I'll put my statements forth, and then see what becomes of what I say before I venture more.
Contributing more than "anonymous usage data" is a contentious move for me because I am somewhat sore over the fact that I cannot secure a paid job in an industry which I have sought contribution since I was 15 (29 years' ago). I don't find the proposition encouraging of my offering my time for nothing in an industry (a wider context than just NetBeans) too conceited to pay for my time as a contributor who would work in a part-time capacity and from a place of his own choosing. Although I appear to gain from the voluntary contribution of others to this extent, I want someone to start paying me for the skills I have honed over nearly three decades in such a way as I can make a sustainable contribution. I don't want to give my time freely within this industry unless I first derive an income with the skills I have. Sorry that I cannot contribute any more than usage data. Owen.