The IDE is gorgeous, but I really wish that ‘starter’-projects would direct people quicker into more scalable solutions and example projects could be related to State Channels or Plasma (side-chain) contracts.
Currently people get the impression that Ethereum consensus can be treated like a secure database that’s hosted somewhere else. That’s not what you pay for…. you pay for the security of the consensus and freedom to include any transaction you like. That’s not relevant for trivial transactions or privacy. For that you have peer-2-peer routing.
The Ethereum consensus is really more valuable for more secure adjudication and issuance. Distributed consensus is more safe from corruption, but that comes at the cost of overhead where a network of people all need to agree on the same things.
Like the justice system, it should be used for last resort when things threaten to go wrong or for highly valuable decisions which are too valuable to trust to a third party.
Ethereum scales easily. Not in transaction volume, but in the value that it can secure.