Something is happening. URLs as timeline:
And of course years of posts and emails and discussion leading up to this. What will change? I think that the web at large has been less and less interested in what the W3C has to say over the past few years - they are an abstract body who operate at a level so high that their heads are now above the clouds.
Of course what is needed is unified, positive action. The Firefox explosion was the last time that happened, and look what we did, look how things changed.
This can happen again. Something is clearly broken, even if it is just the lines of communication.