First of all I consider myself to be an advanced user of wordpress. I am not a coder and therefore do rely on developers heavily. Theme hacking is fun though!... usually with a lot of errors along the way.
I use wordpress as a CMS for clients and groups and non-profits. I have about 20 sites that use wordpress now.
-So I have two requests-
1: I would really like to see Widgets made into something more. The multiple instances of widgets is really good.
With all my wordpress setups I always install
Advanced Text Widget
I need to be able to control where the widgets get displayed, and what is in those widgets. Personally I think if this was in core, then plugin developers could take it further.
2: More options on how content can get input (and modified) on the site by the end-user.
I am totally fine inputing text with WP2.9 text editor. My clients are generally not OK with it. My clients mangle msword documents nevermind an online text editor with so many finicky buttons, it is daunting for them. Some of my clients have 5 pages of instructions on how to input text (yes grandpa instructions)... and then I still have to go back and clean it up. Yes I use custom fields and all that stuff.
My dream is where
I can build a form which interacts with content in the wp database. (categories are selectable by a dropdown menu etc)
My clients can input OR modify data via these forms. (change store hours. etc.)
-These forms could become pieces of code like widgets-
I know there are a couple of plugins like TDMOF
This plugin looks perfect, but, I am a wordpress user, not a coder.
This is an extremely complicated plugin when you look at all the options it provides. I also think all these options are needed because it is not in core.
I'll be glad to respond to any questions or issues or hear about how this is not a good way forward for wordpress core. Take care, and I thank the wordpress development team for all the work you have done over the years.