I would think twice before saying another person's weapon "sucks".
Why did the Keris do bad at mid and long range? Because it's a close range dagger. It still would inflict quite a nasty cut up close, and daggers that size are probably more effective than swords at extremely close range.
There is no weapon that "sucks" because it doesn't do well in a category it's not meant to be used in. Would you say that the Chinese Dao "sucks" too, simply because you cannot use it at long range?
Judge a weapon by its effectiveness at the task it was meant for, please. Not by a task it wasn't meant for. Now ask yourself...did the Keris do a terrible job at the range and style of fighting it was designed for?
I know about that but what I said was the general opinion about the weapon here. Keris is really usefull in close range, and I already knew it long before I posted. k'? But in close range combat, the sword is definetly better in everyway unless the sword wielder lets the enemy too close until it can inflict a deadly wound la....
I have never seen a sword wielder that will allow their enemy with a dagger/keris to close him down so closely. If that happens, the swordsman must be "crazy". That's the reason I said the weapon was almost as useless in those mid-long situation. But you're right there, judge it by the effectiveness in it's task.
And I'm really just describing the weapon not condeming it. Sorry for using s***s. k'? Sorry because I used it too commonly in my everyday life. For me and my friends, s***s means bad or anything not good. I hope we're not going hostile here k'? Sorry if i offended anyone.