Definitely not a troll, and not trolling.
And, apologies, I can see how the -- points would be misconstrued.
They were addressed (as though) to, the user or potential user of whonix, such as the example engineers of the OP. Most definitely they were not intended to be a commentary on ANY poster here or whonix community participant. I deeply apologize for any offense and not being more clear about that.
Which I specifically note, with "The problem is, and I agree that walking the discrepancy is not black and white, is that as the maintainer responsible to the community, what moves you forward moves the community forward. And vice versa.", and, "So I take your point."
Which does not undermine my first point that there is no 1:1 correlation between individual and community problems. They are different beasties. And the latter does not directly follow the former.
Agree, but this is also chicken and egg. e.g. The OP well notes improved maintenance simplicity (== less work), AND improved user experience, simply by eliminated torrent downloads. Note that even the act of making things simpler is, in itself, work. However, inherently, additional functionality means additional work. And, theoretically, an expanded community. But the community can't grow to serve a larger audience if non-core work isn't executed ... so this is chicen and egg.
Not what I meant. By that argument, and I agree with it ... whonix shouldn't be necessary - freedom should already be inherent for everybody. But it isn't, proprietary and commercial interests are inherently at play, and those interests are directly opposed to the public's. Such privacy, security, confidentiality, freedom from bullying or abuse, seem to go by the wayside, sadly, with proprietary and commercial participation.
What I meant was ...
Some people will be entirely served by 'normal' software such as arrives on their pre-installed laptop.
Others will be entirely served by such with their installation of the tor browser bundle.
Others will need whonix.
Inherently as you go up (down?) that chain, the community being served gets smaller and smaller, yet requires more and more work. With fewer users, and fewer resources, things get rougher around the edges and less refined. (Any stick will do for a campfire, some work is needed to build a log cabin and fewer than everybody has the skills, more work for a kitchen table, and even more work for a fine dining table. The skills and effort required increases with each refinement, while the candidate consuming population gets smaller and smaller, as does the workforce capable of production. So prices go up. Yet this is FOSS. And, so, chicken and egg.)
So, I agree, freedom should be for everybody. And I wish it were already absolutely so for everyone all the time. But it isn't. Whonix shouldn't be necessary. Yet it is.
But that doesn't mean that everyone 'needs' encryption, or whonix, all the time. Some will be entirely served by TBB. Therefore, the community being server by whonix is inherently smaller than 'everyone', and by definition, whonix is going to be 'rough' around the edges, inherently so. It is what is is, and has to be. Let's not beat ourselves up for the unavoidable geekiness that it is, while, as you say, doing what we reasonably can, to reduce what can be, reasonably.
And not beat ourselves up for the geekiness inherent to getting to the point of being ready to download / install whonix. That is the problem of others, not whonix.