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Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:18:10 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello, Stephen.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 09:50:29AM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

> And Alan *is* a reactionary ....

Yes.  It's a time consuming and thankless task, but somebody's got to do

> .... and a curmudgeon, ....

I take exception to this.  It's distinctly unparliamentary language, it's
an uncalled for ad hominem.  Outside of free software, you don't even
know me.  Please look up the word's meaning if you need to, and then
don't use it again unless you really do mean it.

> .... quick to oppose changes he doesn't initiate himself ....

This is untrue.

> ....and well-set in his ways.  There's nothing inherently wrong with
> those latter characteristics.  It's just that catering to Alan here
> indeed does cost others an opportunity to improve their environments,
> and offer that improvement to those in the middle.

Emacs has options.  In fact, it might be truer to say Emacs _is_ options.
We are all able enough to make new behaviours and deviations from
standard behaviours optional.  The pertinent new behaviour is not
different in this respect.

[ .... ]

> Steve

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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