I agree speculators can be an issue, but this is just a feature of an immature market I think. Whilst a coin price can be manipulated, then it will be, but as the market matures, more stability will come. Bitcoin price has been relatively stable at around $600 for weeks now and we’re not getting the wild swings so much.
Msafe has been played with by the whales recently - I noticed one guy had at least 2 million msafe and he was moving the market at will. He initially pumped price from around .000035 ish to .000063 ish, then dumped approx 4 times, making a handsome btc profit. This kind of thing won’t change till launch probably- price is approx where it should be given current progress I think and will steadily rise by test net 2 I reckon.
As to general slagging off of other alt coins, part of this is trolling by speculators trying to move markets - this can have unwarranted or unfair consequences; it is what it is though, in a way it is nature in action too, albeit a parasitic one.
On the other hand, some alt currencies have only themselves to blame for many varied reasons. These could be things like lack of transparency, poor communication, broken promises, missed deadlines and buggy applications, lack pf expected utility etc. Other things like giving the impression that investors funds have been squandered on dead end side projects, lavish expenses etc can cause coins to fail too. In such circumstances aggrieved parties will voice their opinions, this is just free speech based on the impressions left by the coin teams. I think this type of thing is not completely negative , as it serves as warnings to others of the pitfalls and dangers. We learn something from it and have increased our knowledge.
It also works the other way too - all the positive aspects of a team’s performance, integrity, honesty, skill etc build up a reputation that is recognised by the community. This improves the chances of the coin’s survival - survival of the fittest in action. You’re not bemoaning natural selection are you David…lol. Surely you’re joking Mr Irvine