Those who have received the latest Flock update are hopefully now aware that the project is shutting down, with the final EOL date set for October 1st. It is my belief that Flock performed a function not fulfilled by any existing projects, I want to share with you the main reason for EOL so that future projects of the same kind may come about and find greater success.
WebDAV was the wrong choice
Many developers in the Free Software security/crypo/hacker/whatever-this-thing-is scene tend to complain (sometimes vehemently) when a new protocol is developed to replace an existing protocol. For example, 9 out of 10 people in the whatever-this-thing-is scene will tell you there is nothing wrong with XMPP or OTR and argue that you're anti-OSS to try and replace either, I was partially of this mindset when I decided to augment WebDAV for Flock instead of creating something new or using something modern. WebDAV came about in 1999 and it shows in every library and OSS server available today. The Remote Storage protocol seems to have realized this, I'd recommend future projects augment that instead. Choosing the wrong protocol led to unreasonable server costs, at this time Flock is nowhere near affordable.
I'm taking a break
I'm taking a break to do less of this and more of something(s) else. Developing and maintaining an app takes a serious time commitment, one which no longer benefits me as much as it used to. Thanks for the experience.