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Re: r1.100 of getdate.y changed 'ago' behavior

From: The Wanderer
Subject: Re: r1.100 of getdate.y changed 'ago' behavior
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 15:43:02 -0400
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Paul Eggert wrote:

Mike Frysinger <address@hidden> writes:

however, i have a user who thinks the new behavior is broken and
wont take my word for it :) ... so which behavior is the correct
one ?

The documentation suggests that the new behavior is correct.

However, common English usage suggests that the old behaviour is
correct. Does there not *ever* come a point at which the better thing to
do is to militate for a change in the documentation, the spec, or
whatever the governing rule is, rather than blindly adhere to it as the
arbiter of all that is right and proper?

(Not that one shouldn't comply with that spec in the meantime - one
should - but acknowledging that "yes, the spec doesn't make any sense,
we'd prefer for it to be changed" seems like the bare minimum of sanity
to me.)

The Wanderer would still rather people placed a higher priority on "behave like a discussion forum, as expected" than on "do not modify any headers whatsoever"

Warning: Simply because I argue an issue does not mean I agree with any
side of it.

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

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