Characterizing L&L's current stance as "told to expect nothing" is disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst.
It wasn't a characterization of them.
I will disagree with you about it being disingenuous or dishonest. Being told, "it will be ready when it's ready" is being told to have no expectations or to expect nothing. If you want to interpret it differently, that is your choice. Not the first time I've seen this said from various companies and while many do eventually release something, some have not.
It has been shown over the course of the lifetime of Scrivener for Windows that people are going to complain no matter what L&L does because they feel entitled to something, no matter HOW L&L tries to set the expectations. No matter how carefully worded the blog post, no matter how many times they use terms like "estimated", there is always a vocal minority who let slip with the raging entitlement and come in with toxic attacks.
So, people who complain feel they are "entitled" to something. I will disagree with that and call that an extremely unfair characterization of people based on you making assumptions about their motives and reasonings. You are right, there will always be a vocal minority that complains, but that doesn't invalidate all complaints or people who complain. If a lot of people still seem to be having a problem, it could b the message is not reaching them for some reason.
I don't know about you, but I have read more than a few complaints on this forum about this situation that are not whining, toxic or unfairly accusing....and I have read some that are, but that's the result of having a place for people to express their opinions and thoughts.