IMHO the ecosystem should support both the QT and HD wallets equally.
HD wallets make it very easy for the average user (and even the power user) to hold their coins on a daily basis.
I think of HD wallets like my pocket… I have a few coins sitting there for when needed (spending)
It doesnt make any extra while it sits there. That is, they dont stake, but they are also low maintenance, and can be backed up very easily.
For the QT wallet, i treat this like my bank. It is where i hold my savings, and only withdraw when needed, and top it up when i have spare.
But like a bank, they take a bit more maintenance to look after and you need to be prepared to look after them.
I wrote elsewhere that currently you need a few million RDD to stake regularly (once a day, or more). This is equivalent to about $75USD.
It is not a huge amount, but not everyone has that much or wants to input that much which is fine.
Anyone running a QT wallet will be supporting the network, while staking. But to get the benefit of staking you need to have it loaded.
If i recall, the reason not to continue development of the electrum wallet,was because they are not able stake.
For the reasons outlined above, i dont see this as an issue.in the long term for users, as long as we have enough full QT nodes staking.
The sync time is getting longer, and I see that we do need a viable solution for anyone who does want to run a full node.
Let me have a think about how to best approach maintaining the bootstrap. and share my thoughts.
(Will need to be a bit later i am afraid as i still have RL work to continue)
In the mean time, please continue to share your thoughts