In my book, they just skipped having to do days/weeks of excess/redundant work by – at the last second before an otherwise release of a test net – deciding to include rewards in the future test net. This is because it would take the length of those days/weeks to realize, during it: “Yes, good progress. But now we need to focus on including rewards AND keep an eye on interesting developments in this Test Net Without Rewards.” Now they don’t have to worry about that extra workload—until the best possible test net, that can be both a test net and a more exclusive focus towards a test net.
Maybe they’ll realize they can add Upgrades and Network Restarts next, and continue delaying test nets (I am kidding).
Hopefully the continued integration of all components becomes less overwhelmingly unknown, as they branch together to form visible certainties! The evolution beyond PARSEC continues, and it’s damn impressive that the horizon is already being said to become the savanna in just over half a year; it really should come as no surprise that there is still work to be done. But not for long, as far as being able to begin colonization. Some of the travelers (mav, etc.) are already marching with the team onward to that destination, providing much needed water for their philanthropic thirst.