To build the best practical cross-platform programming language for people to use
I agree we need to start somewhere, but in this statement, I find wanting something to be the "best" is vague and relative. My personal opinion is that the programming world doesn't really need or want a new general-purpose programming language. Furthermore the rebol family of languages have some pretty critical design aspects which are a deal-breaker for some programming domains. Rather than being limitations, however, I see this as liberating and I find myself in the camp of "rebol isn't for everyone. nor is it ideal for many programming domains".
- rebol is one of the most dynamic and homoiconic languages in existence, while at the same time being simple, high-level and user-friendly.
- The ability to create domain specific languages and to achieve data-wrangling/text-munging in more literate ways are just some of its super-powers.
In my opinion, we focus on the things that set rebol apart from other languages rather than the areas of overlap, areas which have been done, delivered, and documented so well in other languages that rebol has no place except in the rare case of a total rewrite.