I think we mostly agree, but I take issue w/ this statement:
This Standard Markdown spec is intended to be 100% compliant with the original Markdown syntax description, so of course it is still Markdown.
Is it? If I put bbcode into my markdown file and run it through Gruber’s original markdown processor it will spit out gibberish. That’s not “100% compliant” by any stretch.
Honestly, this feels like a superset, and the name should reflect as such. There are at least two supersets of C that I’m familiar with: C++ and Objective-C. Both of them are ‘standardized’. What if both authors decided to name their superset “Standard C” instead?
To be clear, I think the Standard Markdown project is a great endeavor, but the name is dumb.