When PostNuke forked from PHPNuke, it brought along a huge group of users. These were people who were already using PHPNuke and for whatever reason (the energy, the people, the code) they decided to use PostNuke. For the most part these ``users'' had production sites which they, against the warnings of many of the developers, immediately moved to PostNuke. They wanted/needed support for their current site. They did not have the 1.0 vision. They were not PostNuke (as per the Vision) users.
PostNuke needs PostNuke users, however, when it comes to listening to users, this must be done after the developers have reached their goals (post version 1.0). I have to agree with you that without the developer there will be no software, and I hope that ProjectX will be open to it's users/co-developers and their suggestions and ideas.
Treat users like your greatest asset and they will turn around and become your greatest asset.