I having nothing against artists from getting paid for their work. Neither should anyone else criticize me for getting paid for my work either. End of story.
It's not like Volfin or Daemon1 are making tools for massive numbers of people either, "so, any time spent on this side project, will only benefit a select few" anyway. At least for now. IF the tools exist, more people will eventually find them. I've come across tools that a number of people here have made that I've found useful literally YEARS after they were made for maybe one or two people, so what's the difference?
As I said, you choosing to charge is totally fine, but when you give the impression that you only help when it solely benefits you (monetarily here), and you're involved in a discussion where people are basically doing similar things to yourself, sometimes less, sometimes more, for the benefit of just figuring it out (because of course, others can take that tool or knowledge and apply it to other games if it's there), then I think you kinda do open yourself up to criticism. At least in this instance, because it's basically reading like you opt out of helping here, even though you're really clearly smart enough TO help, because you can't see the benefit, which is obvious, because it's the same as it is in literally every single one of these boards -- some people have access to models/data + some are working on tools. It's not like everyone on this forum has an interest in Last of Us, or really any other game you could choose from here.
Just to be clear, I don't think anyone's genuinely having a go at you, Wobble, but this is how it comes across.