My thoughts. I've seen many requests lately, and many people stating that VL has become bloated compared to past releases. I personally think that a slimmed version of VL would be great. A minimalistic install. Don't try to make the masses happy. Just enough to get a usable desktop. I feel Fluxbox would be good choice. It might not be a preference to many, but it's usable enough for any first timer to comfortably get productive, or enough get to Gslapt to start customizing. I am hopeful when the iso is pruned down, it isn't pruned too deeply as the majority of the core packages have no slack-depends file. So if the user in the future needs to replace these packages, they are going to have a tough time as there will be no dependency tracking.
Also, as pointed out, it would be more visual activity for us on DW. And maybe even attract an audience that may of passed us over in the past. And for much less effort from a development standpoint.
This is all fine and dandy except for one thing... Who will step up to the plate and take this on? I'm not a dev, but I've gotten a small taste of the "behind the scenes" here at VL. There is a ton of work going on until the wee hours of the morning, on a daily basis. And it's sick how few dev's are doing this work. I have a tiny little office, and there is no doubt in my mind that all the dev's could fit in here and have a beer with me. I've no idea how many VL users there are, many thousands at least, but the VL user, VL dev ratio is way out of balance.
I think M0E has a great idea, he's done his time as with the rest of the devs. But we really shouldn't consider this project unless people step up to the plate and are willing to pitch in. There is plenty to be done that doesn't involve coding and such.