I look forward to the next upgrade and am happy to avoid the current version - unless of course there is a major security flaw that got through with the previous version and was not identified by extensive beta testing.
I certainly am past joining development teams but I can at least offer the occasional feedback from a users perspective. The problem with feedback is that some folk can see it as an attack on their personal integrity and react with self-righteous indignation (not you I hasten to add). The tendency has always been for techies to lose touch with the wants and needs of their user base and have the expectation that everyone shares the same levels of knowledge and logical views as themselves - thus the focus veers away from the end-user who should be the focal point of any development.
But enough of this philosophical rambling. My years as an IT lecturer are behind me and I must learn to give way to the current developers so that they can make their own mistakes. :-)
Thanks very much for your response - I hope my feedback was helpful.