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I'm sorry I used the word ``inconsistency'' when I meant to use the phrase
``multiplicity of rules.'' To new users, an abundance of rules where one
would seem to be necessary is often viewed by such users as either an
inconsistency in design philosphy among the various parts of the language
or an inconsistency in the sanity of the designers of the language.

I rephrase my cynical design rule:

``Changes that introduce or retain a multiplicity of rules where a single
rule will do are preferable to changes that cause old programs to stop