The January mess was what it was -- a mess. Including what came FROM the January mess but later in the year, the end result to me is that:
1/ it led into Yourasoft's stuff, which ended up being a waste of time for a lot of us,
2/ it was an absolute and perfect waste of time in general for all team members, whether pro or anti-leadership,
3/ it took at least 6 months off SMF's schedule,
4/ it hurt its reputation badly, very badly (no thanks to their leadership!)
5/ it pushed away most of their capable teamies or non-teamies.
The only good things that came out of it: BSD license, and Wedge.
So it really was the sign that SMF was dead. Which, in itself, is a good sign because then it can be reborn. Hence Wedge.