In opening remarks to a sparse early morning crowd at BloggerCon IV, Dave Winer discussed software development and users. "Developing software is very hard work, not everyone can do it," Dave said.
Nick Brabury of FeedDemon: Developers just want to make usable tools, and feedback from users that helps them developer the tools that users need.
Dave: It's reasonable for users to demand respect of us. Working hard is one of the most respectful things a developers can do for users.
Sylvia Paul: I see developers as inventors, and they need recognition for what they do.
See also Phil Jones' post on users versus developers.