Is it already 2014? A BYOND update.
The point is that everyone has their own idea of what is important.
Since we really do need to be making money, I've tried to look at things that could help in that direction but those have mostly been unsuccessful. For example, we put a great deal of work into this "credits" system because some users convinced us they would use it within their games, but really no one has.
A lot of our technology and site changes go the same way. I don't think people really understand what a tricky business keeping this all together is.
I don't mean to be negative-- the hope is that one of these developments will take off and we will really get the spike in traffic we need to do well. But it may very well not happen, and I just want you all to know where we stand.
take a week
I think you vastly underestimate how long that's going to take.
That sounds more reasonable than your first wording of said feature. I agree that an up-front "What's new" and "What's upcoming" announcement on the pager and site would have some desirable results.
Updating the blue book, though, would take a lot of time.
Concentrate on DM, DS, DD and its VM. For instance, capability to ARM is better than to HTML5.
HTML5 just isn't as performant yet
but developers on BYOND (present or near future) won't have considered in their design