I can say that this thread inspired me to turn off the "legacy" button for
Vector and see what's new. I thought that was bad, but Vito uses monobook!
Two things to acknowledge:
* We've heard many times over the years that the technical teams see their
primary customer as the readers. Good or bad, we recognize that pleasing
the readers does not require maintaining a highly modern editing interface.
At the same time, editors remain fairly "sticky" - they don't leave in big
numbers because of the interface, and they broadly prefer a slow pace of
change. Together the result is a very slow and incremental pace of
development progress for editor UX.
* Most of us recognize that persuasion is the most effective way to create
change. Being right is inadequate on its own. But sometimes persuasion
fails and we remain convinced we are right. This creates frustration, even
anger; it may look like someone fails to understand the value of making
friends and influencing people, but it can simply be that other strategies
have been exhausted and lighting a big fire is what remains.