Have stewed on https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/CONTRIB-384 for six years, Mighty Martin finally agreed to comment again. And his pronouncement? Apparently the Math community failed in not pursuing the proposal, lol.
Let's recap. Martin makes it very clear that Moodle HQ makes decisions, not the community. The community (my recollection is more folk than had voted for any other Math issue in ages) supported CONTRIB-384 and after a good deal of prodding Martin, who had just made it clear that the decision would be his, tells everyone that he will stew on this. At that point everyone waits for the results of his pondering. And waits. And waits. And waits.
Fast forward to 2014 and according to the young turks now in Martin's employ, Martin decides (apparently having no more information about how any of this works than he did six years earlier) that it would be a good idea to establish a default MathJax Filter and in less than 3 months Jean-Michel is waving a flag wondering if anyone understands why HQ is in a panic to push this out the door.
Number of votes for the Filter: 1 Yes, while the community has failed by amassing only a dozen votes in favor of CONTRIB-384, Martin et al are outraged that anyone should be concerned that the MathJax filter is getting jammed through with 1, yes, 1 vote.
Arguments in support of the filter? Perhaps, but every time an argument is made it turns out to be rather illusory or counterindicated. As a result, the BossMan is called in on MDL-43856 - why? That is a VERY good question in that Martin has repeatedly demonstrated he does not understand how this code works (can't fault him for that.) What do you think Jean-Michel?
So Martin defers, deflects and projects, attacking those who are simply asking why there is a rush to do something that has yet to garner support from the community when what we really need is to revisit the underlying architecture -- and then he blames the community....
That is why I stopped contributing, and apparently why others have stopped contributing as well. And that, of course, is not Martin's problem
It seems like only yesterday I rhetorically asked if we were there yet, Jean-Michel, and I lost the bet by two months, lol (https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-33021) -- it's only been a year....
TTFN and good luck with the Moodle Docs, Colin