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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:28:36 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> 1. A bug is reported.  Most of us are not interested in fixing that bug
>    so we don't read the messages about it.
> 2. People discussing it in the bug thread propose
>    and agree on a certain change.
> 3. It happens to be a change in user interface.
> 4. They implement it without ever discussing it on emacs-devel.
> 5. Before we notice the change, a new release is made.
> 6. Some of us object and we are told, "Because this change has been in a
>    release, we will not undo it (or even revert the default) unless there
>    are strong objections."
> How often does this happen?  I don't know.

We know it happens extremely rarely.

> But why let it happen?

Because preventing it requires undue burden.  The cure is worse than the 


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