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Christian Walde
Date:
April 9, 2021 08:34
Subject:
Re: on changing perl's behavior
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On Fri, 09 Apr 2021 04:23:43 +0200, Ricardo Signes <perl.p5p@rjbs.manxome.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 8, 2021, at 5:18 PM, Todd Rinaldo wrote:
>>> Outside of that, when a huge win can be demonstrated, stuff should be removed, but >>>then i'd prefer it be done by way of deprecating that specific dialect.
>>
>> I would argue (though it's hard to search for "format" in the issues list) that being able to close 50+ >>cases would be nice if we could just say: "Formats are removed. this issue is now irrelevant."
>
> I think that's true, strictly speaking, but:  of the people who use formats, how many would be impacted, and how, if >we removed formats?  Well, 100% of them would be impacted, and the impact would be "I had to rewrite some >code" which (given how formats work) would probably be kind of a pain in the butt.  Sometimes a big one, >sometimes pretty tiny.
>
> On the other hand, the benefit of closing tickets that we were ignoring anyway is pretty darn low.
>
> Christian's #2, changing defaults when they confound users, should be weighed against users confounded.  I think >we'd find that in general, new users are not reaching for formats.  If users say "I'm using formats, and this part was >confusing," and we say, "okay, we have ripped out formats," I don't think anybody's going to thank us for that.

100% agree with this, and to add a little more:

My first three points were for changed defaults.

"remove behavior" is a separate concern, as removing behavior only very rarely results in fixed bugs, but usually explicitly in WONTFIX.

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With regards,
Christian Walde
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