If you take this discussion about Central on Yahooray as a snapshot of public reception (aka non-community) I see a rather mixed feeback with a tendency to the negative side. Two issues are:
What is this thing anyway? People don't see the use of it. Especially mac users already have Konfabulator.
The installation process - the fact that the Flash player is able to install an .exe on your harddrive creates a feeling of uneasyness. As the process is not transparent, there is a fear that the same mechanism might be highjacked to deliver worms or viri.
A quote: "This is Macromedia, so I assume that there is approximately zero security." - Yes, and Flash is an animation software. Macromedia Marketing? - I need backup!
Posted at September 26, 2003 10:39 AM | Further reading