People who don't care about maintenance of old versions generally do a terrible job of it. The way to get effective maintenance of old versions is for the people who want it to band together and either do it themselves, or offer some reward (not necessarily tangible) to get someone else to also care and do it for them. "Strangers will be less rude about you on the Internet" is not a particularly inspiring reward.
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