As I pointed out above, there is no consensus amongst all the developers of other branches. Theoretically, they could all back one project, right? If they can't agree with eachother, how should Chris agree with all of them? He certainly will not mediate their differences; however, if they were consolidated (which requires nothing from Chris) I think the synergy of their resulting project would be very compelling.
we're at a point that some decision making, some consolidation... is needed
Us wanting him to do certain things does not make it his responsibility. Chris has the right to do what he wants. He does not owe us anything.
he needs to fulfill the responsibilities
Believe me, I've tried. I begged and I pleaded. I cajoled and I coaxed. He steadfastly refuses to post an announcement. He sees no purpose in it. In fairness, as I said, he does not owe us anything; but I asked for permission to speak for him in answering threads like this one (the frequency of which he was not aware). He granted me that much.
he should come back for one more post to make things clear.
Yes, the development of AHK no longer interests him. There is no more passion for it, no fire. Last I spoke with him, there was not even a spark. He will not rule out the possibility of returning at some point. Personally, I have my doubts. I also have the impression that he is happy with the status of AHK as he left it, especially its stability. He is deservedly proud of what he created and feels that it reached a natural stopping point (for him). On the other hand, as I mentioned, he wishes nothing but the best to any other branch that springs up. I'm sure he would be interested to see any of them go their own way and thrive. The one thing he is not ready to do is give up the site. It is the one connection to his project that he retains. He has every right to do that... for as long as he wants. Any suggestion that he owes us or is responsible to us is selfish hubris.
Has he ever elaborated on why he left?