I mean. I have tried it with an open mind. And I think many other people have too. That doesn’t shield it from criticism however and many of us who did try it with an open mind still believe it was a mistake. Or, at least I believe how it was implemented was a mistake.
If you want you can check my achievements. I don’t claim to be good with it at the time or currently but I was at least proficient enough with the spec to beat the mage tower back in Legion. It was reworked again in BFA and you know, it still doesn’t really appeal to me man.
Even a lot of the current SV fans have gripes here and there. Single target needs buffs and the focus generator should not be tied to kill command, off the top of my head.
Edit: To be clear, I genuinely am glad for you and everyone else who enjoys the spec. But I think writing off criticism as people just being “haters” does a disservice to spec, and devalues the people who miss a playstyle that was lost because of how blizz chose to implement the new spec. I want to see it, and the rest of the hunter class, succeed. Which is part of the reason why I critique the spec and often post about it. I also don’t think it should be removed and that we should get a 4th spec to fix the mistakes made in Legion. So. Yes, I have tried it. No, I am not in love with it. No, I do not hate it. And yes, I think there are some legitimate problems that need to be addressed with the spec and with problems that are a direct result of how it was implemented.