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Re: A wish, a plea

From: Taylor Venable
Subject: Re: A wish, a plea
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 20:36:44 -0400
User-agent: Gnus 5.11 / Emacs / Linux 2.6.20

Nic James Ferrier <address@hidden> writes:

> Karl Fogel <address@hidden> writes:
>> Emacs gives the user total control, but that does not diminish the
>> importance of choosing reasonable defaults.  The current *scratch*
>> buffer is a punitive default; Hacksaw is suggesting that we choose
>> another default.
> I agree.
> I don't use it as a default.
> I really do use *scratch* for all sorts of things. But it shouldn't be
> the default.
> Maybe a ~/notes or ~/.emacs.d/notes ?

As far as ~/notes goes, what if it already exists?  And doesn't have
anything to do with Emacs?  If I started Emacs for the first time and
saw some seemingly random text file, I'd be confused.

An empty buffer, on the other hand, may not be a bad idea.  Maybe in
fundamental mode.

I actually don't have a problem with *scratch* because I see it as
kind of a starting area.  Emacs isn't second-guessing what I want to
do, it's very close to having a blank slate.  In fact, it's a lot like
booting your computer -- once it loads you've got the whole command
set available to you.  If you want to write a file, read your email,
or play Tetris, it's up to you to input the command to do so.  And
besides, I do use *scratch* frequently to work on various smaller
Emacs customizations.

My counter-wish (and plea) would be that if any changes are made to
the default behavior, that an option be added to ensure that my
*scratch* is dutifully created each time I load Emacs.

Best regards.

Taylor Venable

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