The vendor prefix predicament

A List Apart’s Eric Meyer interviews Mozilla lead Tantek Çelik on his plan for Firefox to support webkit prefixed CSS properties. After reading, I’m even more puzzled on what Mozilla’s plan is long term here. So, Mozilla is targetting Webkit CSS prefixes in Firefox, but only “specific ones”? Then they may utilize Webkit prefixes on just mobile Firefox, but not necessarily the desktop?

Meyer hits on a huge point later in the interview:

The promise of vendor prefixes was that implementations could be tested in the wild and problems corrected before behavior was formalized. That paid off handsomely with gradient syntax, for example, where totally incompatible syntaxes were tried out, and eventually a unified syntax was found. This plan seems like it imperils that ability—that, once vendors start supporting each others’ prefixes, we may as well drop prefixes altogether.