No one says that the users aren't listening. However, the point was and still is about this problem being a regression from ext3. And it's just unwise to say to users that they should actually "fix all their programs that work with files". That's tail wagging the dog. It's totally unrealistic and not doable in any short- or even mid-term. Why suggest this then? And who is irrational after all?
Users don't care which solution is the right one as long as it *works*. And the solution went to 2.6.30 indeed. Distributors would hopefully backport. Problem solved. Horray. But all the blabbering about how POSIX allows this and stuff is unhelpful to end-user, if surely interesting and inspiring to developers.