How many of us have thought, "ya know, I am so frustrated, that if I could only take $2 or a pip, out of the market, consistently everyday, I'd eventually be living off this because all I would have to do is increase my lots". So simple, and actually , it seems to me that many of these fine EAs can do that. So where are the stories of folks who are doing the 'slow and steady wins the race' thing?
I think folks are spending too much time looking for the system that will turn $100 into a million, because they are afraid to put up 10,000 so that the system will survive the drawdowns. It still takes money to make money. The "already wealthy" still have the advantage of filling their account, and just about any decent EA here would make them money, through any 50% drawdowns, news releases, low volatility sessions, blah blah.
I've yet to see anywhere where someone has come back and said, "you know, I put up $10,000 last year, I ran an EA i found here, I optimize it every weekend, and it makes me money consistently. Sure, their might be more lucrative EAs I could spend time searching, but this one does the job for me".
It's probably a case of just being too many EAs out there now. Kind of like internet dating sites. Just wait and a new one, or new crop will arrive, and you gotta check them out. I mean, even if someone proved in forward or live testing that the EA makes money consistently, I think folks are just prone to keep looking...for the "best".