Sure, I agree there is a tendency to pretend that whatever's not available on RISC OS is not needed, until it becomes available at which point it's better than anything else! Sometimes it's good to be reminded of this.
Nonetheless, personally I find that some of the best things about RISC OS are the things it does *differently*. It would be a shame to lose those in the scrabble to make RISC OS work in the same way as everything else. After all, if RISC OS becomes like everything else, then there's little point in using it at all. I'm not disagreeing with what you've said though.
The PD scene used to be awash with desktop 'enhancements' that added moving pictures, widgets etc. to the pinboard. The best one I thought had cockroaches that scuttled under the windows when you moved them (from *Info probably). A universal way to add functionality to the pinboard would be a really useful addition to the OS. In the meantime, it's nice to be reminded of the functionality that's already there.