Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. - Winston Churchill The AppStore is the worst mobile software storefront, except all those other mobile software storefronts that have been tried from time to time. - Chris Garrett, ZWorkbench Assertion 1: The App Store for iPhone and iPod touch is the best publishing medium for independent developers that has ever existed. It is now truly possible to compete with the giants on todays preeminent mobile gaming platform (with an estimated 40 million units shipped). Assertion 2: The Crapp Store really has problems. Review system. Metadata searching. Try before you buy. Piracy. Quality of apps. Great apps never get seen (or downloaded). What can we do? Connie and I, co-founders of Fairlady Media and developers of Whack em All for iPhone / iPod touch, would like to propose that like-minded developers form an iPhone Developers Guild. Well call ourselves the iDG. Heres what well do: 1) Organize ourselves into a unified voice and get responses from Apple on issues of concern. Engage Apple in a meaningful dialogue to address these issues. 2) Agree to give accurate reviews to each members apps on the app store. 3) Collaborate with each other about issues like development, QA, marketing, pricing strategy, revenue and maybe even share some code. Were willing to help coordinate and will kick things off by giving an honest, thoughtful and high quality review to any developers app that is willing to do the same for ours. Leave comments below. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Follow me on twitter (http://twitter.com/jrtb). Whos in?