No intentional reluctance, Susan. I was only giving folks an update.
"301" is just one of those things that kept slipping between the cracks..
Things are relatively slow in terms of important functionality that jumps to the top, programming that we NEED to do NOW (because of something major going - ex., Google), so we're finally getting to features that we've been WANTing to do.
For example,, BI! 4 with Tasks and notifications is a current BIG improvement with new feature (ex., it's going to let you bring in keywords that have found you in SE HQ - Bing still gives good data for that, and there's still some Google - and it's got good keywords). But "tasks" excites me the most - that adds truly "smart" functionality with useful suggestions based on a combination of MKL and SE HQ data - even/especially long-time veterans will benefit from this. We've also been doing major upgrades to infrastructure ("minor" stuff such as security is always being worked on). My point being...
There are usually some big things underway, with gaps opening for smaller ones. Sometimes, the right programmer is busy, other times something else comes up and pushes the plan back for something else. This is one of those that just kept missing.
In terms of important issues...
About the only important issue going on is http > https. On THAT one, we HAVE been "reluctant." There's no advantage to being the leader here. To do this perfectly, there's work involved for SBIers. We've kept SBIers out of things that were supposed to be "the next big thing" but that faded away. We watch these closely until we're sure one way or the other. The adoption rate grows by 0.2 to 0.4% per week and shows no sign of it leveling off. So we're about 90% sure that this will be our next big project...
That's not the case for 301 (a smaller dev). Heck, Nori has pages that she'd like to re-organize/consolidate and use the 301 functionality to take care of pages that get dropped. So I/we get it.
At the end of the day, the bottom line is always, "What's the best use of our programming resources to help SBIers build high, monetizable traffic?" Sorry about the wait on this one.
It's on its way and is close."
All the best,
P.S. That reminds me - I should udpate the https thread.