My objective is not at all to speak for the OP. Or to rip RW.
RW is a good plan, but not everything is perfection. Agreed.
What the OP ostensibly is trying to do (assuming he bought RW & is not griping from a demo copy), it appears to me -- isn’t exquisitely defined. However, I haven’t enough interest to read every single post in this thread. My only reason for commenting is to push the product to improve some more. I can’t be a fanboy, however.
One assumes the intent is to use RW to create a site beyond the 5 minute rudimentary.
Other applications are equally capable of creating a 5 minute site & therefore isn’t a selling point for RW.
RW itself has a manual.
It could stand an overhaul, imo. I’ve written technical documents enough to understand that they are hard to do sufficiently well - and to know when they need a tweak.
Forum help is sometimes brilliant. I received some great indulgence myself recently. In my case, I appreciate the time & effort taken. Just the act of asking & investigating can kill a couple afternoons.
A problem is forming the questions when you know what you want, but no idea how to get there. I have a fistful of them myself, but it feels like I am asking someone to teach me web design in the process & that’s presumptuous.
In Aside: I have recently experienced precsiely the same issue mentioned with Flow working in one theme & not another. Experimenting with themes to find one that does what I want - is exasperating.
Several fine people sell competing CMSs, Stacks & Plug-ins.
Many are good, but assessing them could turn into a full time job in itself & sometimes people walk on eggs discussing downsides. That can leave one feeling as though you have to spend & bungle your way to success with anything beyond the very most rudimentary page.
A standard form for themes (as one example) to take,
would be to measure the same basics against one another in a matrix.
Further, many of these add-ons (dare I say it) are not essential, may be redundant with another - or not play well together.