a dose of realism and validation from others is exactly what you need to lack to hatch the plans we have seen here. perhaps you can find some other words to describe your misgivings.
CLains I always admire your PR skills. You are a great community member.
I'll admit that I'm not providing a constructive criticism. But tough criticism is an important ingredient of success. Sorry if I don't feel like joining your circle jerk.
Trust me when I say no serious financial group is ever going to consider using BitShares unless it changes fundamentally.
Quality lacks - in the beginning that was fine and well understood, but seeing the progress so far I am not impressed.
Documentation & integration with other products lacks.
Stability and security lacks.
Connectivity issues suck.
I could go on and on, what's worse is - I don't see a good plan in place that will address these issues.
So, to go and compare with a bank and proclaim you are more stable than a bank is ludicrous. Your BitUSD liquidity is less than $10K. Software has constant hard forks and often requires people to re-download entire blockchain. I recently thought - OK I'm gonna execute a trade inside BTS. Guess what I had to wait a day to download the blockchain. Some stability right there. I mean really if you expect hard-forks to happen often - build a system that supports that well. NXT updates the client all the time, but it has never affected the functionality.
As far as joining the efforts, it's just really not worth my time, I get better dividends in the projects I'm currently involved in.