I love a little bit of controversy so, as the subject indicates:
- I see little point in users endlessly adding to the current 'Wish List' items when no-one other than designers/testers, who are obviously sworn to secrecy under threat of plague, pestilence and disembowelment, know what new/improved features have already been incorporated in the re-design/re-write of RM8.
- All the wishes in the world will not change the feature set/functionalities already available in RM7, unless RM8 is delayed indefinitely and programming resources are redirected.
- The design/feature set for the initial release of RM8 is almost certainly already set in tablets of stone. If that is not accurate then, in my opinion, users are unlikely to see RM8 arrive this side of Christmas/New Year - and I won't say which year!.
- I would further suggest that a completely 'new' User Wish List Topic Area should be created once RM8 is released. I would further suggest that for any Wish List to be effective, it needs be actively; and more openly, managed by the RM Development Team to avoid endless duplication. It is absolutely pointless for users to constantly make requests/suggestions only for the Development Team to provide zero response/feedback as a follow-up to the confirmation of inclusion on an invisible and secret request list.
- Users really need to see what changes are made over time in response to suggestions/requests; and also deserve to know why some often repeated requests for improvement have not been met. I don't buy in to any argument that a maintained List should be in any way confidential, when it is built around open user requests/suggestions/feedback. Any competent software competitor could easily monitor the public reporting channels and analyse what users are reporting as not meeting their needs; or simply obtain a copy of the software and probe its strengths and weaknesses.
I will now stand back and wait to be shot down in flames.