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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:17:50 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> Cc: rudalics@gmx.at, larsi@gnus.org, emacs-devel@gnu.org,
>       drew.adams@oracle.com, juri@linkov.net
> Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:01:20 -0500
>   > > My proposal will help with that problem too.  Instead of waiting for a
>   > > resolution of the dispute, we should install the change with a user
>   > > option variable to enable the new behavior.
>   > That is already happening where the change seems to be controversial
>   > or a too radical departure from long-time behavior.
> That's good.  But it suggests that the spectre of "interminable
> dispute" has been exaggerated.  If people are getting tired of
> a dispute, they will get behind the solution of "install it with
> an option" and we will go ahead with that.

You are forgetting the cases where such a variable is inappropriate,
for example if the person who proposes the change thinks the change
fixes a bug, or when such a variable is not feasible.

Besides, no one can be sure that people who get tired will implement
such a variable to stop the dispute.  They are quite likely to give up
on the change instead.

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