One frequent point made about my proposal is that IMAP already has a number of extensions that do things I suggested, such as the THREADS, SEARCH, and IDLE commands for conversations, search, and long polling ("push").
Commenter Bron (who works on a popular IMAP server) writes:
Also, IMAP plus a random mix of extentions becomes a HUGE compatibility matrix, and you have to offer fallback from all the nice stuff to really shitty workarounds just in case the server doesn't support a feature that makes your life bearable.
So - I'd love to see a decent competitor to IMAP as a protocol. If nothing else because it would reduce the compatibility matrix. Alternatively, I'd be happy for an IMAP5 to be defined which included all the good extentions - so anything which advertised support for IMAP5 had to support them.
Defining an IMAP5 standard might be a good alternative than something like reMAP, and adoption might be much faster. However, a potential IMAP5 would still remain a protocol inaccessible to many developers so it might not unleash the storm of creativity I'm hoping for.
Keep those comments coming.