This can't happen soon enough.
Along with catching up on scanning, I've been cleaning up the Game Developer dbase after making some corrections a good while ago. This involved deleting several issues which in turn involved renumbering several more issues, updating the Prev/Next nav buttons, and I'm currently working on updating the numbering in the gallery. It's a slow, tedious process and - as a coder myself - it's especially frustrating knowing how easily the process could be batch processed or even automated entirely. Or - if the rigid numbering system were dropped - not present a problem to begin with.
So yeah, I'd love to see this made the priority as far as custom code is concerned. Even given some hiccups you'll encounter - incorrectly labeled issues, magazines switching their labeling format mid-run, etc - it'd make dbase maintenance all the faster and allow more time for scanning, cataloging, etc.