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Why no activity? Here's a serious immediate proposal
I think the number one most important CL working group is the one
concerned with with setting up a formal organization for establishing
official policy, arbitrating disputes, dispensing official
information, etc. (I forget what it's called.) Unfortunately there's
not much I can do worthwhile there, so I joined what I considered the
second most important working group, this one, CL-SUBSETS. But I've
been very dissappointed. This group seems to be another stillbirth.
I've seen no activity for months. (Or did I get inadvertantly omitted
from the list?? I guess if I get a copy of this message come back,
I'll know I'm still on the list.) Anyway, why is this, doesn't anybody
give a s**t if CL subsets come into existance soon? Or is everybody
waiting for the other working group, on formal organization, to get
their act together, before any of the other working groups do anything?
Anyway, in the light of the past several months of heated discussion
on the main mailing list about &ENVIRONMENT objects, :PROBE arguments
to I/O functions, heirarchial namespaces, illogical or contradictory
specifications for mathematical functions, etc., it now appears there
is one very important subset of CL that we urgently need to define at
this time: THAT PART OF CL WHICH IS SPECIFIED CORRECTLY IN THE MANUAL
AND AGREED UPON BY VIRTUALLY EVERYONE AS SOMETHING WE'RE NOT GOING TO
CHANGE IN THE NEXT EDITION. I suggest we should make a list of those
parts of the current manual which are incorrect in some sense and
can't be fixed by a simple typographic correction, and then state
formally that everything else in the manual is in our
CORRECTLY-SPECIFIED subset of Common LISP.
Feedback from the rest of you??