I agree with Tim that "The new drag and drop matching poses exactly the same question, but with a better interface."
On the other hand, Hot Potatoes' JMatch offers drop-down list and drag & drop as options when you save your exercice. The big difference is that, in HP, it is almost impossible to use drag & drop when you have lists of pairs to be matched which are too long to be displayed on one screen. When you want to drag the first item in the right list opposite the last item of the left list, the screen gets confused/confusing. There is no such problem with Adriane's drag & drop version of the Moodle matching question.
Ray says:My concern is that this is a long established question type and interface, to discard it entirely on a version upgrade is unnecessarily disruptive in my view.
I think the interface was unfriendly from the start, it should have been drag & drop, it is now possible, I am finding this a good thing, not something disruptive.btw, I can attempt a Matching question using my keyboard only. I haven't yet discovered how to do that with the d&d matching question type.
Ray may have a point here for accessibility's sake, but it's hard to imagine using a computer without a mouse these days.
In conclusion: please let's have Adriane's drag & drop matching question as a replacement of the current matching question, not as a new type. I don't think we need to have an option to have the matching question as a drop-down list or drag & drop. If we do, then let's have drag & drop as the default option.
Joseph (a drag & drop addict)