Well, it’s just as likely that it could be a year plus before Safecoin. The argument to not convert to ERC20 because ”launch is so close” has been in play for years now. However, even the core devs acknowledge that they can neither confirm nor deny how close launch will be. As such, I don’t think closeness to launch should be a factor around ERC20 conversion (unless we suddenly get timelines, which is doubtful).
That being said, questions like who is going to finance, code and build a secure MAID:ERC20 conversion process seem to present a more make or break issue. This is especially true as the MaidSafe team is unlikely to have the bandwidth for this. I’m not saying I think that ERC20 is a bad idea, just that what is the feasibility of doing so at this time? Even if the community were to step in, would people be willing to trust a conversion process that wasn’t built and/or sanctioned by MaidSafe?