I understand that is said mostly in jest.
then consider all the problems that can and do happen from scripting!
We do, of course. However, many people don’t want to do their own scripting or even create their own smart rules. That does limit the danger considerably.
If the rich text fields permitted display of that information, all sorts of uses for DT3 could arise.
PS: We could chase all kinds of options with “the possibility someone may find a use for it”. However, time and resources have a limit and @cgrunenberg’s list of things he could do is longer than our collective lifetimes. Fixes are primary with other requests being considered by other criteria, including the popularity of such requests or sometimes the ease of implementation. Trust me, I’ve had many “great ideas” that are really only one-offs or wouldn’t serve the majority. You all haven’t seen many things I’ve done or suggested behind the scenes.
PPS: Don’t forget that DEVONthink is not the only application we have to tend to in here. Again, time and resources aren’t in endless supply.