I'm actually using the MZ for my main project, what was the problem with the engine? I also must say I'm using some of the free Visustella plugins. I assume some of their team count as the "Elite". But I always try to replace them with other plugins of more unknown pluginmagicans, if I can, though. Since I'm not very fond of their practices. I followed most of the discussion on Web about Visustella and do not agree with their stance of obfuscating their (paid) plugins. I also found it really concerning most discussion was always shut down about it, while a Visu dev is admin there. I hope they will reconsider their behaviour someday.
I think the biggest problem nowadays is: The Maker is too commercial. It is understandable the product forum is somehow supporting that. But it's unhealthy for forum and people.
I joined the Makercrowd after the Golden Age (2k/3) when the VX Ace came to Steam. I guess, somewhere 2012-2014. Forumlife at this time was more healthy in my opinion and way more creative. That's actually why I joined here and maker.net, now. I'm trying too find the old Maker Soul, but maybe I'm just too nostalgic. Well, I guess, we will see.^^