Robin, on this, you're right, and the team is wrong. If the issue is that non-certified people would like daily notifications of change made to a pre-1500 profile, the solution is to change the trusted list notification process, not to gum up the profile management process.
As you know, I've taken on pre-742 profiles. Periodically I check the orphaned profile list and adopt any with birthdates before the year 742 (Charlemagne's birth year). I just checked and adopted another 100. THESE now cannot be adopted by unqualified people and I'm happy to turn them over to anyone who can work on them.
It appears that with this lot, however, I'll have to bone up on my Arabic!