Hi, Jon. Thanks for popping up, and for describing the state of the project. I feel a lot better about knowing that it isn't simply abandoned.
I have to say that Sublime Text is, by far, my favourite text editor of all time. I feel it has a certain quality that makes it feel both powerful and aesthetic. Its visuals are unmatched on Windows. That for me is extremely important. Also its python extensibility has let a lot of us tailor our working processes, and for me Sublime is now deeply embedded in the way I work. These two pieces -- the visual appeal and the extensibility -- make Sublime absolutely top, in my opinion.
What this means is that I am very keen to keep using ST, and if I have to wait a while for v2.0, then so be it. In the meantime, I'd like to help if I can, and I think there are other people here on the forums who would, too. Here's what I can think of:
Sublime seems to have a small core of package developers, and we can help by developing new packages for the core. Things like language support, snippets, source control integration, web development tools -- there's a lot there already and if you coordinated with us I'm sure we can take some of the pressure off.
Also, there are other peripheral tasks that we might be able to help with. Nick has already taken on some of the forum management, and I hope that'll help. Other developers might, for instance, supplement the API help and tutorials on the website. I'm sure you'll be able to find alpha- and beta-testers here on the forum.
Any other support I can offer, let me know. I'm interested in what might be done to get Sublime Text to it's second major incarnation. Have a think about what you can delegate.
As a final thought; I've been using Sublime Text for over a year now, and that's because it's the best editor available anywhere. Which is why I've just bought my second licence.