About the joke: You don't have to apologize, there was a smiley at the right place. Don't worry I enjoyed the detour.
Back to business: If I may pick two comments from your previous post:
> considering the length of life of v1.9, a lot of people are well connected with it and for those reasons resent any interference into their love affair with it
> a lot of the support for v1.9 is based in the unwillingness of people to have a favourite toy taken from them
Since I was arguing for 1.9, I tried hard to find out whether my reasons are sentimental. The only "objective" corner I could find was 1.9s economy, coming from the "Hardware of Performance" faction. In that case, I should pledge for 1.6 - the efficiency of its quiz engine is legendary. (N.B. The 1.6 final is still installable on the latest Debian/Ubuntu.)
On the rational side, here is the outcome of a meeting I had with a customer, a secondary school, just yesterday (yes, that is timing). Their number one use of the LMS is for file sharing, not only between the teacher and pupils but also amoung the teachers. They are very active as a whole. The only complain they have is the course based file structure, they prefer "teacher based" files. Side noe: the direct ftp upload to moodledata is heavily utilized.
Thay had big hopes on Moodle 2 to eliminate that limitation. After many evaluations we had to conclude that the new file system does not help them, it just breaks their workflow instead. So the suggestion was to go for M 2 but to install new software for file sharing. Then came the question, if the new software solves our problem, why Moodle 2? Nobody knew why, except for the "enf of life" of 1.9, which is an enforced one! They were unanimous on 1.9, at least for the academic year 2012/13. The argument: one big change at a time!
I hope that one counts as rational.
Then your second list:
> there is a logic to dropping support for v1.9 that has nothing to do with the emotional ties some people display in going all dewy-eyed over v1.9.
> there are serious flaws in v2, some of which, I suggest, are based around my earlier posts of programmers assuming their skills are something to be displayed and gazed at by non-programmers in absolute awe and wonder.
> Others are just poor outcomes for good ideas that are currently being slowly, too slowly, improved.
> Some are the result just plain poor decisions based in poor perceptions and, no doubt, some rather ordinary design and coding practices. I do not excuse any of those.
> a desire to rid the dev team of an unwanted and despised product or one based in a display of childish pique to demonstrate power
> get on with seriously critiquing v2 and pushing for better outcomes.
I'm glad that I don't have to answer them!
Since there is new hope, in a subthread of this and in the security forum, http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=196805
, I am optimistic that we'll find solution which serves Moodle best and the Free Software as a whole.