As I wrote on one of the previous threads, the unification may have been to help Steinberg to recognise common problems (perhaps because a lot of the code base might be common) rather than an artificial separation (from their point of view) along OS lines, requiring them to reconcile two myoptic lists. I write myoptic, because people will express problems in their own terms of reference, even if those terms begin to cloud the real issues.
I spend a lot of time on the EastWest forums, where there are mostly no distinctions between the OS platforms, even in the Hardware forum. A lot of the discussions benefit from tapping the resources of both camps to identify common issues. Many may run their DAWs on a Mac, but a lot have PC slaves via VEPro. Horses for courses really!
Now, different languages are another thing. While Gernman may have been the language commonly used for technical stuff in the 19th and early 20th centuries, since WWII, the rise of the USA as a technical superpower has made English the technical language (much to the dismay of the French!). This has meant that in most countries where English is not the primary language, most people are at least bi-lingual with English, which is something lost on people from countries like USA, UK, Australia, etc. Hence, a unified forum with all languages would present substantial difficulties for a large part of the target DAW market.
Now, I learnt five years of high school French, but it didn’t help me when I really needed it. I once got a spam email originating from a Belgium ISP. Most of their pages had French, Dutch and English versions, except for complaints, which were only in French and Dutch.
I thought I would put my hard won French ‘skills’ to good use and answer the French questions. However, because practically all the technical words were (deliberately) uniquely French, I couldn’t understand ANY of them. Instead, I went to the Dutch version, which I had never learnt, but at least all the technical words were spelt mostly like the English versions, but with slightly different endings. So I understood, and answered (in English), ALL of them.