thanks smkd, InVerse, BRPXQZME and op89x you really helped put all this into perspective and have made very good points.
I was definitely going about it all wrong, and you are indeed correct that if I wanted a new SML2 hack I should let people get on with it, I did however want to be the first person to release a full SML2 hack, so I guess my objectives clashed quite considerably!
and I can understand peoples hatred of serials, I thought people would not mind them if they understood my reasons, but in hindsight I guess my reasons were a little confusing and serial was slightly over the top.
thank you for clarifying exactly the problem people (probably) had with serials. I no longer take offense and will try to finish the editor asap, time being a problem at the moment.
the new version will only display a quick nag screen on patching to ask people to send me there level hack (to inform them of where to send it)