Anything more I might say about what Josh knows or doesn't know would just be speculation. So to the question of whether incessant negativity and disputation, on every conceivable action Josh might take, may have played a role in the two Great Silences, I will just observe that if so, it's understandable at a human level.
Not right for a publicly-funded project, no. But understandable that someone building a complex creation might need to check out for a while after a constant drone of "anything you do is wrong."
I don't exempt myself here, by the way. I've expressed criticism of some of Josh's choices. So if the never-ending chorus of "that'll never work" and second-guessing ever got to Josh (as it might any creator), a small part of that is on me.
I do try to pay for my criticisms with the occasional constructive suggestion, though. Those are on record here, too.
Having just talked about sounding critical, I'm now going to sound critical. But I'll preface this by acknowledging that I'm far from perfect myself, and this advice is worth no more than every cent Josh has paid for it.
In my first comment to Josh's return post, I applauded and encouraged his statement that he's going to replace Perfectionist Josh with Pragmatist Josh. That's much more easily said than done, so we'll see. But it's a step in the right direction, and it deserves encouragement. Replacing Scientist "100%" Josh with Engineer "90% +/- 5%" Josh would be a major win, for LT and, I believe, for Josh himself.
But subsequent comments here have reminded me: from his own statements, I believe that Josh has had not one, but two voices sabotaging his development. Perfectionist Josh is one of those voices.
Do-Everything-Myself Josh is the other.
Do-Everything-Myself Josh (maybe a cousin to "Showman Josh") insists that there are valid reasons for not letting anyone else help with this project in any way. Letting Francois do the music must have been a very difficult decision... but it appears to be the exception that proves the rule. Josh won't even talk about
why he thinks he has to do everything else, from designing to coding to testing to project management to promotion to community management, all on his own, as his very first major commercial project, regardless of whether that insistence means that some of these things go for long stretches without being done at all, and despite multiple people with professional experience in some of these areas repeatedly offering their assistance for free.
I'm sincerely glad to hear Josh say he's trying to replace Perfectionist Josh with Pragmatist Josh. I hope he'll consider the suggestion that real, visible, results-oriented pragmatism may also require saying goodbye to some selected aspects of Do-Everything-Myself Josh.
Again, free advice, worth exactly what it cost.