I believe this will hurt everyone.
There are at least 13 threads in the first 3 pages of Scripts & Functions which require AutoHotkey_L. So when a newbie downloads AHK and runs a script from the forums, it won't work.
They might give up then, or they might ask why it doesn't work. Then they won't be able to get it to work, because AutoHotkey_L is unavailable. At that point or sooner, the vast majority will give up.
Google this: site:www.autohotkey.com/forum intitle:(AHK_L|Class)
About 827 results
Given that not all are threads containing scripts requiring AHK_L, I estimate that that's 800 scripts which WON'T WORK. (Anyone is free to count them manually and prove otherwise, but remember Ask For Help posts count if they contain code.)
Didn't vote != Don't care.
Didn't vote / Don't care
If the thread had a "I don't care" option in the poll, it would not receive 96% of the vote. Most visitors simply didn't vote.
Furthermore, Didn't vote != AHK Basic. Just because someone didn't vote doesn't mean that they support your side of the argument.
Finally, have you forgotten this thread?
Therefore I've altered the website to give AutoHotkey_L more of the attention it deserves (most importantly the download page).
As time goes on, the site statistics (download demand) can help determine whether the site should be reoriented more toward AutoHotkey_L. In any case, I'd like everyone to feel free to use the entire forum for either version of AutoHotkey.
Can we see some of those stats?
Out of visitors that visit the downloads page and download either version, 62% download AHK_L, 38% download AHK_Basic. For whatever that is worth.
Not an overwhelming majority, but the downloads page back then was very unclear and unhelpful as to which version to choose. I'd like to see stats after ahkbook's excellent description
is on the download page.
I was going to suggest a poll, but that has already happened
with the votes 76+% in favor of AutoHotkey_L, and its results have been ignored.