im thankful that they're trying something.
If it does fail at least they did try something, they did have ideas, they did attempt to make it better.
Even if it does ultimately fail and they have to reverse everything, its still set the foundations for future products like it, it will show the weak points and the striong points.
Weak points being that the majority of people try it at the same time as 100,000 other people and it gets jammed and they dismiss it as crap.
It would help steam out a lot if it told you what it was doing.. then the user would understand why they are waiting.
as for your points.
1) it functioned perfectly in the late stages of the beta, the reason its failing now is because everything is totally rammed. Slight oversight.. But it shouldnt happen again (since people wont all be downloading 2gigs at the same time again).
2) Agreed, it doesnt really hog the system though, just steam freezes. (which makes you think 'has it crashed')
3) My FPS have actually improved. The adition of a proper windowed mode is welcomed, the friends list is useful.
4) That's never happened to me. Maybe you were playing on a fadetoblack server? the server variable?
a) It was an open beta test
This "fuck valve fuck steam fuck bill gates" thing is becoming a clicé