You really like to contradict yourself, don'tcha?
First you argue that Python 3 is too big a change since it will warrant people rewriting plugins (which will take some time but may prominent plugin authors have already given their support and mentioned that they are working on porting over to Python 3). Then you argue that there is not enough changes (in terms of features) but I would argue that the switch to Python 3 is pretty major.
Well, yeah. 3 > 2 but more importantly, 2 has no where to go. Sure, their might still be some bug patches and stuff in development but other than that: it's dead.
Just like no one is forcing you to use ST3. Think of it like the same situation between Python 2 and 3. No one is forcing you to upgrade, just don't expect any new features.
I suspect most plugin developers will port their projects to ST3 and leave the ST2 versions alone. Also, I suspect that ST3 will eventually have a free trial (just a guess) after more plugins are ported and features are added.
If he can call it whatever he wants, why do you care if he calls it ST3 instead of ST2.1? Besides, you don't have to pay while it's in beta (and it's probably going to be in beta for a while considering past experience). So why not argue about money when the time comes instead of ranting about the future?
Umm...? ST3 > ST2(lastest) > ST2(Alpha). That's the only point I was making. And using your logic, ST3 will only get faster... which doesn't seem like a problem to me.
Anyway, I getta get some lunch before I head to class. Talk to you later <3