Part of the punk suffix carries with it the baggage of the word “sellout”. Meaning that an artist (or whoever) has decided to choose money over their artistic integrity. Most of the time this word is used by those who can’t or won’t ever create anything worth selling in the first place.
This isn’t true of the RPG hobby, there are thousands of folks out there pouring their heart and soul into works to enhance their games. When they post these ideas online they are enhancing YOUR games as well. Trouble is that it is often hard to see them through the fog of capitalism. Most of these folks won’t see a dime, most of these folks don’t even want a dime. (I am sure if you threw money at them they wouldn’t object though). They do it for love of the hobby.
The pure DIY ethos of the punk ideal is alive and well in gaming. Let’s unsell gaming. Not in a “damn the man” sort of way, there are great products out there for purchase. Just think of supporting the little guy before the big guy. Support doesn’t always mean money to the little guy, sure throw her a few bucks but mainly give them vocal love. Retweet and reshare, comment often about how much you like what they do. Praise goes a long way to keeping these guys and gals pumping out the material.
Professional products are nice, pretty art, cool layout, well edited.
When was the last time you saw a free amateur product that was truly unreadable? I hear people complain about bad editing and I can’t help but wonder if it is just an excuse to feel superior. I am not saying that horrible editing should be given a free pass, just that too much emphasis is placed on it at times.
I can see images with my minds eye, which I think is better because then I can interpret the material the way I see fit, not always the way they want me to. I would almost say I prefer straight text, unless there is a concept that must be explained visually.
Layout is a bit more important, I am not talking about sidebars and footers here. The way a document is presented, which information comes first, is the font legible, etc. That is the stuff.
All of this is, of course, my own opinion. It is not necessarily reflective of the movement, subject to change, and (as the man said) don’t drink the kool-aid.
Decide for yourself.