A few historical questions about Linked staves
1) Did Musescore's implementation of Linked staves predate Musescore's implementation of tablature? If so, what was the primary purpose of Linked staves prior to tablature. Linked staves largely mirror each other, except for certain properties like velocity properties which are not synced. This strikes me as quite odd, so there must be some significant purpose that escapes me.
2) Was it always intended that, on playback, the uppermost linked staff—as seen onscreen within an Instrument / or according to an Instrument's staff order in the Instrument panel—is the only linked staff that Musescore sounds?
3) Was there a point in Musescore's history where one could move a linked staff to the uppermost position and then—upon commenting playback—that staff only (along with its velocities and dynamics) would be heard. And was there ever a time that this could be accomplished without first needing to save and reopen the score?
My inquiry is related to a lengthy discussion involving a request for an option to sync velocities between linked staves—in particular, between a tablature staff and it's linked staff. But I launched this separate topic because I didn't want to further burden an already unwieldy discussion.
Please see the second b) comment in that post.