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Fw: Recording what we decided *not* to do, and why

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Michael Mathews
August 3, 2000 12:25
Fw: Recording what we decided *not* to do, and why
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[originally posted on the general language list]
From: "Larry Wall" <>

> John Porter writes:
> : Michael Mathews wrote:
> : > how shall I, as an RFC > Maintainer determine what that status is?
> : >
> : > Personally I don't want anything to do with judging the "status" of
> : > RFC, beyond my one voice. I do accept responsibility for compiling
> : > organized record of the responses I've received, but who shall decide
> : > (before Larry decides)?
> :
> : You have to determine the status, but that shouldn't be scary,
> : considering these RFCs are ultimately just recommendations for
> : Larry's consideration.  Since the broad concensus seems to have
> : been that inline comments might be very useful, and not breaking
> : anything else, the status could be "Good".
> As long as everyone realizes that I might reject a good many "Good"
> things merely because if I accepted them all, Perl would become twice
> as complicated as it is.  Note in particular that multi-line comments
> are something we *could* have added at any time, but chose not to.
> This means you're gonna have to argue a little harder for it than you
> would for something that wasn't possible before, but that we think
> might become possible with the redesign.
> As I see it, given the proclivities of design-by-committee, my main job
> at this point is to prevent feature bloat.  There are various prongs to
> this strategy.  The obvious ones include culling "bad" features from
> Perl 5, and limiting the introduction of marginal features into Perl 6.
> A less obvious strategy is to try to see where various marginal
> features could be subsumed under some more powerful feature.  To some
> extent, you see this with the ability to use pod for multiline
> comments.  For embedded comments, we might rather see some kind of
> macro facility that could turn qc// or any other quoted form into a
> list of zero or more tokens.
> Larry

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