TDM is what it is. If it's not ready to be promoted yet it never will be. It is a Mod/Total Conversion that's aiming for a stand alone release. TDM's origins are nothing to be ashamed of. I'm not sure Greenlight is right for promoting TDM as a mod - but for letting the world know that the standalone project is happening, that's a not to be sniffed at and the fact that there's a playable version right now in the form of the mod - that's a good thing.
If some ttlgers still think of TDM from several versions/years ago, maybe it's because there hasn't been sufficient promotion. They'll catch on given enough time.
@Sotha The rush to greenlight would be to take advantage of the shiny new thing that's there to be taken advantage of. There will be other things in the future of course. But once you've made a decision not to do something, in my experience it's unusual not to carry on not doing things. It'd be better, I'd argue, to get in the habit of promoting when the opportunities exist, rather than waiting for the perfect opportunity. That way you'll be ready when it comes. Especially when there are people happy to do the doing.
I agree with that, it is like adding your App to the Itunes store when there are 100 apps, or adding it now, where there are 1 million apps and it is completely swamped away. No matter how good, wether people will even notice it depends on random chance - if it doesn't appear in the top 100 it is invisible to 99% of the user base.
Plus, I find it funny that there was always that arguing that "going standalone" is not possible, will take ages, might not be achieved - and suddenly it is talked about like that is a 100% certainity that will happen soon.
Truth to be told, we have NO idea if we go standalone 2013, 2017 or ever, and while we do have made a lot of progress, there is still the chance that v1.09 will not even happen - you have just to look at the ever shrinking core team and their ever shrinking contributions to see that this might be possible. (Or just look at the wiki. The last 500 contributions in the last 300 days were done by about 6 people, 2 of whom only did a handful of changes. We desperately need fresh blood. And we are not getting it if everyone else plays the new BlackMesaSourceMod because that is what is trending on the net, Greenlight, or wherever, and TDM isn't even an entry)
So I find it quite a bold move to postpone anything to "after going standalone". If we had that attidue a few years ago, we would never have hit v1.00. And despite some people getting the wrong impressions of our first versions, a lot of people DID notice us at all.