Well I agree with you there as far as the AFCI manufacturers should be able and willing to provide info to the appliance manufacturers as to the trip characteristics of AFCIs.Because there is no standard on how the AFCIs detect the arc...there are only standards on what arcs to detect and when to trip the circuit.
We disagree there, IMO you are just choosing what conveniently fits in with how you feel about AFCIs.I don't see this as even remotely close to the GFCI issue.
I have never been happy about AFCIs either but the code is in place, all manufactures will have to deal with it.
But lets forget about GFCIs, lets talk about standard breakers.
Say I start 'Bob's Appliance Company' and I design an air compressor to run on a 20 GP amp circuit, its RLA are well within the 20 amps circuits capacity. However being cheap I do not include an unloader so the start up current exceeds the trip curve of certain manufacturers breakers.
Is that the breakers fault or my fault for not designing my equipment to work with all breakers?
to work with another device that is really based only on voodoo science?
I do not agree that AFCIs are 'Voodoo science' the fact that the current AFCIs have not fully matured does not make the concept junk. IMO it only means they where required to early.