I have noticed a lack of professionalism in the way some of the members here do business. I don't know if it is simply because of inexperience in the process of performing work-for-hire duties or what. Time and again, there are threads calling people out for something they were paid to do, but haven't responded to posts. There are many reasons people can't get online to respond.
Members here are the nicest, most helpful people that I have interacted with. The members of this forum that make, paint, repair, etc. props are for the most part here to enjoy a hobby. They do favors for people here because they can. To expect them to focus only on YOUR prop and give up their lives to get it done, is ignorant.
When I build or paint something for someone other than myself, I am more of a perfectionist than I am normally. I want the final product to be as perfect as possible. Perfection takes time, especially when the customer is not there to try it on, give feedback, etc.
Please, people, when you make a deal to do work-for-hire or have work done for you, get an estimate of the timeframe. Let the customer know about the progress. If there is anything keeping you from getting work done, let the customer know.
Customers: If you call someone out in an angry sounding post, the person doing the work for you may have good reason for not getting in touch with you. New members reading these posts may be reluctant to have such work done, and could ruin the process for everyone.
I guess what I am trying to get at is, be patient, there is no bounty hunter factory here. If you can't get hold of someone doing work for you, just ask someone. Many people here know each other outside of the forums.
I hope I have not offended anyone by this post. I am only trying to help.