Jeez, are you deliberately trying to be difficult? When did I ever say that?
We're talking about staging drivers out here. In other words, BREAKING THE DRIVER. We just need to figure out how to do it with the least amount of distress to end users.
I claim that breaking the driver softly, then removing it a year later, is better than just yanking it out without warning. And that the current technique of emitting log messages and adding entries to text files that nobody reads are more or less equivalent to doing it without warning.