I think you might be being a little unfair Keith. Before 7 the forums would be filled with issues after a new version dropped, but since 7, there are almost no issues, at least that repeatedly appear on the forums. The publishing one recently is pretty isolated I'd say, and I think limited to those on certain hosts?
Certainly for me, since v7 I'm upgraded within a day or two of a new release with confidence. Can't say that about any of the v6.x releases.
I think in general RealMac have learned (perhaps the hard way) to get it right most of the time.
Obviously though, if you're one of the unlucky ones to have issues with 7.4, those words will grate on you!