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Обижаешь, товарищ гхен, конечно я русский. :) Окончил русскую (советскую!) школу, 8 лет изучал русский язык и литературу.
I can explain, why I so worry about Э. This mostly because of one word (and its variants) - этот (эта,это,эти,этого,этой,этих,этим). This is all t variants of words: this, that, those, these, etc. You might realize that there are quite frequently used words despite of statistics. Other words with э are all foreign borrowing, like экипаж, эстафета, эскалатор, экскаватор, этап. I really can not remember a word where э would be used in the middle or more than once. So that is why probably it has low statistics in big texts, but it almost sure will appear once in a several sentences in daily messages, unlike '?' or '/'.
Slash has no use in Russian, in йцукен it sits at Shift-Backslash instead of pipe, that tells about how often it is required. I would really not worry about keeping it in the qwerty position.
Shift-7 in turn is the position of '?' in йцукен and nobody complained about it is awful. Is Shift-1 for '!' ok?
Then, '&' has no use in Russian as well, same story as '#', I just proposed to do the same for the pair &-? what you did for the #-№.
So, this is my arguments for moving э.
Anyway, I'd like to thank ghen personally for the great job he did!
Actually, Russians like their layout too much and blindly believe that it is ideal, ergonomically designed, and "not something like qwerty". I believed in that too just several month ago, when I saw this topic for the first time sometimes in April, my first reaction was total rejection. Then I've tried and actually loved rulemak.
I do not think Russians will get rid of йцукен because of better alternative layout, you know that, just look to qwerty-dvorak story. But for the russian typists who brave enough to get rid of qwerty and learn colemak, IMO it will be better to use rulemak instead of йцукен.