Autos have been around since the late 80's early 90's. It not that nobody is putting in the work that makes them unstable, it's that ruderalis is a difficult plant to work with. I have tried Auto Haze by Dina fem and had excellent results. Also I'm growing an Il Diavolo right now thats about 13 inches tall and has been showing pistils for a week and a half. It started showing sex at about 3-1/2 weeks, in fact both of my autos have. I think if they don't then you don't ahave a true auto. Try Dinafem, theyre doing good things with autos over there. Their haze auto won a top ten spot in High Times best of 2009 (2010?)list. And a lot of people like their Fruit Auto.if it started to flower in 12/12 , then it was not a true auto.
autos are rather new, figures some instability.