There are two issues here: 1) is the lack of community support, and 2) the state of this project and the future of ST. I think it's obvious that there is limited support on this forum from other members. I think newbies all know this. Perhaps this is a reflection of the fact that the developer doesn't participate. Of course, you want the developer developing and not answering support questions. But he could still poke his head in once in a while. As for the second issue, I'm not in a position to comment on the details of the future of ST. However, I think the fact that this editor is commercial and mostly on the shoulders of one heroic developer makes it very vulnerable to the winds of change. The developer could have a melt down, go insane, become a monk, any number of things that could leave this editor high and dry. If this is a concern, then the best option is to consider one of the open source options: Vim or Emacs. The other thing is if you're on a Mac, there's always Textmate, which I would say looks more viable these days than ST. It's not cross platform, but it is the editor that ST cloned, and version 2 looks pretty sweet. The project is also open sourced. So, maybe there's some protection against a developer that goes missing. I'm mostly using Xcode these days, but I'm considering jumping ship to Vim or Textmate, or both.