The Blender community is inherently responsive to user requests.
Well, yes and no. For a LOOOOONG time, Ton Roosendaal was like “we know better than the rest of the industry, let’s do everything our way”. And well, it’s free, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth…
The only features really stemming from particular requests are the ones directly linked to their Open Movie projects, which indeed made the package do great strides in the right direction.
Quite a few other features only seemed to exist because it was the pet project of a developper at some point.
BforArtist and Version 2.8 seem like a first in listening to the wider audience (and not the hard core fans)
I might be wrong, but that’s the vibe I got listening/reading a few Blender conferences and interviews over the years.