The list keeps growing and still no useful reply.
It does remind me of how Robert Mugabe single handedly destroyed the economy of Zimbabwe to the benefit of only multinational mining companies but in the name of the people. I believe he was not acting as his own man. From their behaviour we can suspect that LE has also already been compromised and it is best to find an alternate way to achieve the free (long life) certificate goal.
Just a few more use cases where automation is not ideal.
With an automated system on small sites with just one sysop after a sysop change if the automation breaks there will be little knowledge in most cases of how to recover to manually issued certs. Having the cert update application provided by the cert supplier as default is pretty much a conflict of security interests. It places two significant components into the same basket. If the app fails and takes LE down with it the syop will have to learn how to manually sign in a hurry from a new CA, he may not be up to the task
Another use case relating to IoT that adds to my previous comment of limited time deployment. Yes there may not be a need to protect my pop.up toaster but what about battery operated sensors that have expected mission profiles of a couple of years and do not have reliable or regular internet access and must rely on passing hot-spots to communicate. It seems that having a certificate that is valid for the duration (39 months battery life matches the max cert lifetimes VERY nicely in my opinion) of their mission profile would make a lot more sense. Having to pay for a long life cert on a US€5 sensor does seem a bit much though.
Also please to all those citing Google use, enough already, I have not seen a single Google person come here saying they want LE certs to be 90 days, they are not shopping for free 1 years certs so they are not the target market, start listening to the potential customers.
I thought this was a bit of a quiet thread when I commented earlier and thought, do so few care, but it seems that not everyone had thought it through and now that a lively chorus has been raised LE ignores it.
As I have written somewhere else, “Quacks like a duck?”