First of all, “political handwaving” aside, there are still expectations for decorum. Your frustration is clearly felt (and I’m sure shared elsewhere), but let’s be respectful towards core developers and one another regardless.
Let me at least give my best answer to point 3 on the communications side:
First, as you know, development timelines (especially at the protocol level) are extremely hard. They are full of unknown unknowns and interdependencies, especially in the Cosmos ecosystem. Asking for guarantees is also asking for disappointment. Answers will be, at best, probabilistic. Still, we acknowledge that developers require a degree of certainty and transparency in making decisions that are based on external timelines.
Second, there’s been a bit of a communications gap (resulting from a lack of human capital and coordination) that is now being filled. I left my position of Head of Growth and Marketing at SCRT Labs in 2020 to start Secret Foundation as an independent entity. This was done to create a standalone voice for the network that would speak for all of the interests of its contributors, including SCRT Labs, but also developers and validators.
However, this left an intermediate gap as well. While SF has done its best to help communicate and translate information on SCRT Labs’ timelines and products, the clear sustainable long-term solution was for SCRT Labs to have in-house ownership of these communications - someone who would also work in coordination with SF long-term. This position has been recently filled, and as of 2022 there is now a lead for marketing and communications inside SCRT Labs that I’m looking forward to working closely with.
Lastly, this is not the only expansion SCRT Labs is undertaking, as their development team is growing as well. There have been multiple recent hires on the dev side, freeing the core team to more effectively build both at network level and application layer. This could have an unforeseen positive impact on timelines, meaning you don’t have to only brace yourself for negative surprises.
While we acknowledge communications can (and will) be improved, I would urge you to look at the incredible rapid progress that has been made on the network and application layer by SCRT Labs and the broader ecosystem. We have placed shipping at the center of everything, and that is the healthiest thing we can do. Now we will also work to ensure clear communications don’t get dropped along the way.
You don’t have to take our word for it, but please acknowledge that the future can be better than the past and it is reasonable in this case to expect as much.
I’ll let @assafmo and others on SCRT Labs side speak for their own timelines and I’ll inquire for more details myself. Thank you for building on Secret - we appreciate your trust and take it seriously.