Ballpark, about when is Perl6 going to be released?
Sooner, if you help.
...schedules seem to be a very good thing to have. Else, you end up with feature-itis and a stable product is never established.
Saying "April 2005" had absolutely no bearing on whether Larry will need surgery in 2003. Promising Apocalypse 12 on October 31 had absolutely no bearing on whether roles solved a real problem in OO.
Someone has to identify the features to program. Someone has to program them. Setting an arbitrary date has no bearing on that.