1. I am not questioning you or doubting you
2. I am not trying to be a jerk()ff, but rather am simply playing devils advocate (don't hate me please )
He has lost interest in development. That does not mean he has lost interest in AHK. I think it will always be his baby....
Chris did not lose interest
If he has lost interest in development, how can you(he) still say that it is his 'baby' at this point?
When I work on a project, and it becomes my 'baby'. I take care of it. Nurture it. Care for it. Watch it grow. Help it grow. Give it what it needs.... and THEN , as most 'parents' do, I too... let my baby go when the time is right. I continue to support it from afar, but let it do its own thing.
"It", being my baby. "It", being his baby. "It", being your baby... "It" is only our baby until we lose interest in 'it', "it" is only our baby until we stop trying to advance it, or when we let it go... which you clearly states as having occurred.
As 'ahk' is no longer his baby, why must he still be the 'sole gatekeeper', as you put it?
It isn't about the source for me. I don't care about the C++ that makes the magic happen, honestly. I DO care however, about needing to learn different branches of the same exact language, when all the branches could seemingly be applied to a single, magical, wonderful tree.
Most of them don't involve AHK's source, which seems to be the issue of this thread.
I can't speak for everyone, but if I can make a broad assumtion... people just want 'new features' to the AHK core, without having to learn and choose different side branches of the core language. Not to sully the hard work that go into them, but what is the long-term harm of having all the features combined into this single 'tree'?
It just seems backwards to me, to have an entire community asking for almost the 'same thing', and fighting for it in there own ways by creating there own branches.... why does it seem like 'we the people' care more about AHK than those who own and run it?
There is a quote that I unfortunitly cannot find, nor quote ownership too, apologizes in advance, but it roughly reads: "The minute a business stops trying to grow, is the minute that business starts trying to die."