Making a small change in our forum management. Except for disruptive events related to religion, name-calling and insults (I don't have time to spell these things out and put them into an unacceptable category since we all need to use our own judgement at this stage about what's not acceptable) the Propeller 2 forum will have no moderation. This means threads won't be divided or locked, etc. We recognize that the design process has gone on for a very long time and that contributors are frustrated. Some have lament while others are joining the ARMy (the ongoing process is not funny but we best laugh a bit here and there). Your feelings are well-founded and since they're important to you they are of equal importance to us.
Chip has a very big responsibility towards the Parallax team, our customers, your customers, contributors, and the future of programming chips. This sort of forum management style may invite more friction, but at least the pressure relief valves are functional. Perhaps it'll help keep the contributors in a mode of contributing, too.
I don't think many microcontrollers have been designed in such an open environment. The open environment provides many big benefits: a design team; applications; advanced customers; a support system; and motivated people. Chip works alone and these benefits fit his style. At the same time it can also invite friction and discontent, affect sales of the current processor, and pose challenges internally at Parallax. Somewhere in here we have the job of trying to balance out the process and hold a tone.