As CCDMan says, RDP/GNS fall short in a few key areas, but you’re right, they are better than nothing.
While any change can introduce bugs, my suggestion is regarding telemetry – read only data (some of this may already be in the API, I haven’t looked at it in awhile). If such an API existed, I can author my own dashboard/web based tool. If others found it useful or extended it further, great, but it’s outside of SGP unless Jared/Ken decided to write their own add on or fold it back in to the product. In either case, if anyone didn’t want the complexity, they wouldn’t use it – much like the notification or other add ons.
One of the reasons I push for a more developed API is that it allows these kinds of extensions without much risk of polluting the core app with bloat (aside from the API overhead). I’d prefer Jared/Ken to focus on core functionality, too.
Of course I’d love to have control functionality per Andy’s suggestions, too.