@dpd1 That is what happens after I release a new product. Someone will say something like, "it would be great if it was..." or "have you thought about..." or " just an idea..."
Oh yeah... If you let them, the public will "great new product idea"... you right into the poor house. Been there, done that, won't do it ever again. More than once I had people telling me how great an idea was and that they'd buy one. So stupid me busts my butt to design and build them... Announce that it's available and... Crickets. All the people disappeared. It was like turning on the lights in a kitchen of roaches.
The lawsuit thing seems like a stretch, but it's still true... all it takes is one nut. That's why people in entertainment often just throw scripts and stuff they receive in the garbage. I saw a guy on a forum the other day, where he was furious because he sent a suggestion for a guitar design to a guitar maker... A very very basic idea that pretty much anybody could have thought of, and probably did. He was irate because they came out with it a few months later and he thought they "stole his idea". How does somebody steal an idea when you willingly gave it to them? They probably barely even looked at his email and hit delete.