Unfortunately, I think the “could be” in this instance is “use custom build or a buildfile.” While it can be frustrating to work around the limitations, especially when you want to make changes after having already made a lot of prior progress, the fact that the skillsystem works at all in builder is already an impressive enough feat.
There are people actively working with rectifying this; the FE hacking scene has grown very large very quickly relative to where it used to be, and as a result there are elements of the scene that have fallen behind the demand for easier, better, more. There are people who will help teach buildfiles now, as well, if you can’t wait for those guides to be completed.
The builder SkillSystem, perhaps, which is already, as was said before, 7743 putting in a ton of work to make it work with builder despite the fact that they aren’t really all that compatible in the first place and allowing hackers to have access to the tool. SkillSystem as it was intended has allowed hacks to do things that would have been more or less impossible for the vast majority of creators, and even in its builder form is still a very powerful tool that has allowed for a lot of very creative and innovative games.
New hackers using Builder already have a ton of limitations placed upon them by the tool, made up for by the fact that 95% of these new hackers would never reach the competency level to feel their absence were the tool to not exist. With the way you frame the post, it reads uncharitably as a “why can’t I, as a builder user, have the benefits of buildfiles without having to use them?” and then laying that complaint at the feet of the SkillSystem devs, which is unfair to both their team and 7743 : /
Do you have a particular solution to the problem beyond buildfiles being made easier to learn or SkillSystem being reworked from the ground up to be more builder friendly? The former is already something people are putting energy into doing, and the latter is just a non-starter, so I find myself confused as to what the goal is with creating an entire thread about this. I can understand being frustrated – I, myself, have also had to make gameplay concessions due to my choice to use builder and my unwillingness to port to buildfiles, but I also know that this is a choice I’ve made. Plenty of people learn buildfiles, or start with them without any prior builder experience, and learn the ropes well enough with the educational tools we already have – if you don’t want to make use of them, that’s well within your rights of course, but why then make a public post complaining about the limitations therein?
Sorry if this thread is coming across as a dogpile, but even you were aware that it’s kind of rude in the first place, so… maybe it was worth taking a moment to consider whether or not this thread was worth making in the first place if you already “felt like a dick for saying this,” because, as bpat so rightfully pointed out, it makes you look like one.