You say, you've been following my comments on the Elementary OS site. Excellent!
In our Linux world, you are allowed take any application and tweak it anyway you like, but you have to tell from where you got it, am I right? You have to give the credit to whom it is deserved.
I've been giving some hints about the Wingpanel, but didn't say it outright, but I must say this now, because you accused me of negativity.
You notice my question and the answer of Shnatsel in the 1st screenshot? Well, Shnatsel is the developer.
Now, in the 2nd screenshot, you'd notice Cassidy James replying to another question.
Okay, now an experiment for you, my friend on2mars;
Take a free partition and install eOS Luna Beta 1. Then, in the Terminal do this.
Don't worry, it'd take away few other applications, but we are looking for the result.sudo apt-get remove slingshot-launcher
What would you see, instead of the Wingpanel? Gnome 3 top panel!!!
What would you see on the top left hand corner? "Applications."
What would happen, when you click on that? Opens the File Manager.
In the 3rd screenshot you'd notice the Gnome-shell panel come with "Applications." Mind you, the Gnome-shell panel takes the colour of the theme, on this occasion, it is the Elementary theme.
Now, tell me, whether Shnatsel had built Wingpanel "from scratch?"
Note: whatever panel you use or not, the Slingshot launcher would appear at the same place--just below the top left hand corner.
Now, go back to my posts and look at the Slingshot with some other panels.
Have a good day!
Ps; You must remember, when you point one finger at someone, four fingers point at you!