I launched this thread many, many months ago, back on: May 11, 2013, 11:53:48 am, as soon as I read the specifications. Jantje and Paul joined the conversation the very same day. But we had to wait till... September until a member of the Arduino team answered. That is, 4 months later.
Also, I just use the term "final spec", but honestly I have no idea if the spec really is finalized or open to changes?
I'm not saying things are perfect now. But I do consider the worse of those experience to be old and in the past, now that Cristian is the technical lead for Arduino.