I realize that this question may sound controversial, but this is really the feeling I get after trying to use it for what must be years at this point.
Every time I try to research it and ask questions, I get the same reactions as when I asked about Ethereum (before I realized that it’s just a big scam). People seem utterly disinterested in providing any kind of reasonable software or even link to/mention it on any kind of “official”-ish website.
I’m not yet prepared to say that Lighting is an actual scam, but if not, it can’t be denied that it’s anything but easy or obvious how to actually use it. Bitcoin Core doesn’t support it, and the one software project which seems to provide a Lightning node is written in Google’s “Go” language, which pretty much immediately turns it into a joke in my eyes. Why is there no “serious” node/client coded in C/C++/something not completely infested by the enemy?
The so-called “crypto space” is not just full of scams and lies — 99.999999% of every single claim is just made up/nonsensical. With every single thing turning out to be just another way to extract Bitcoin from gullible people, how am I supposed to trust/use something which clearly doesn’t want to be used since it has zero coherent web resources, proper documentation or even any software to run?
I don’t understand what the problem is about providing something concrete — not just endless link mazes. If the LN people want this to actually ever take off, how is it possible that even a “poweruser” like myself who is very deep into Bitcoin and has run a Bitcoin Core node for almost a decade cannot (at all) figure out how to actually use it?