I admit this is more like a request because i can’t do it myself. But let me explain.
We have mame2016 and there isn’t another between that and the current one. I think it’s useful to have a different version every few years. One may want to keep his MAME rom set as is and not update it every month, but at the same time he may want to also have an updated version for other devices, since MAME and MESS are the same core.
I’m currently happy with my MAME 0.214 romset and i don’t want to update it for at least a year, it’s not like it’s an easy thing to update anyway, these sets are huge and require many different files. But at the same time i do need an up-to-date MAME core for other devices that have nothing to do with the arcade rom-set.
If there was a MESS core that wouldn’t be an issue but now that they did merge it you have to choose between updating your rom-set every month (which is not great) or keep your current mame core but be out of date with the MESS side of things.
I know you can rename the cores if you want but they will still use the same cfg folders this way, which isn’t ideal.