Although I find WordPress a pain in the ass, and agree with Tez Oner about the security issues: you have a point, Argos. And it is certainly a bad sign if old timers and contributors like you turn their back on WB.
At least it would be good to know which direction WB is going, and to hear more frequently from the developers on what's happening. Personally I like it that updates are released only occasionally, but 2.8.3 being over(?) two years old doesn't give us/visitors the impression it is alive and kicking.
2.8.4 was released, withdrawn (?) with ample communication: I think it is time to hear some more about what's going on, and what the key focus is on developement, as well as a time line.
So developers: please enlighten us.