Wow, that is an awesome follow up comment. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
From what gets standardized and the sometimes very long time it takes to get standardized I always just assumed the W3C was kind of a hostile place. I've also heard stories about a few issues (particularly about two specific media file formats) where apparently the discussion was not a friendly one due to a specific party having an agenda. After hearing those stories I think I just assumed that was what the W3C was like in general. Then there's the issue of things that are in the standard that browser makers decided selectively not to implement even after years of being in the standard and issues being put on trackers and ignored or set to "invalid" or "will not fix" or whatever - I always just sort of assumed this was a "fuck you" from that particular maker.
One point in your post brings up some questions for me: you mention Google (and often Mozilla) deciding to drop support for freatures... and mention SVG. Google/Mozilla are looking to drop support for SVG? Or did you mean they are pressing for more SVG support? FF SVG support is excellent, Chrome not so much but it pretty much works so I'm not sure why they would want to get rid of it...?
Anyway, thanks for one of the most interesting responses I've gotten in a while.