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    SubjectRe: so ... what *are* candidates for removal?
    On Wed, 2 May 2007, Stefan Richter wrote:

    > Regarding features that are overdue for removal according to
    > feature-removal-schedule.txt:
    >
    > I remember that at least one person used to watch for due dates for
    > feature removal, wrote the removing patches, and sent them to the
    > appropriate lists and maintainers. This either got rid of the
    > obsolete stuff, or it turned up reasons why some feature could not
    > be removed just yet and how to update feature-removal-schedule.txt
    > to correctly reflect that.
    >
    > So, as they say, Patches Are Welcome.

    that's a nice idea, but it doesn't address the problem that someone
    might go to the trouble to create such a patch and send it in, only to
    have that submission generate shrieking along the lines of "OHMIGOD,
    we can't delete that *yet*!!!"

    that's the whole point of this wiki page:

    http://fsdev.net/wiki/index.php?title=Stuff_to_be_removed

    it's meant for active participation to converge on a *consensus* as to
    what should go and what shouldn't, *after* which the features removal
    file can be updated appropriately and patches can start to be
    generated.

    it's incredibly wasteful to take the time to create and submit a
    feature removal patch that ends up just *establishing* that something
    shouldn't be deleted yet. i'm sure most people here can think of
    better things to do with their time.

    rday
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