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  • Well color me contradictory and call me flame-bait, but I'm really annoyed by the original blog posting, as well as this follow-up article. Am I the only one? In truth, you've answered a lot of questions for me. But it leaves open some more.

    What first got me going was when people don't ask the *right* question, your seeming to come off like someone who responds to the question, "Can I have a cookie?" with "Don't you mean *MAY* I have a cookie?" I'm sorry you don't like the word "finished" but as you say you

    • Perl 6 should have a release date. You prioritize what will go into that release, you implement it, and then you release it.

      I believe that this is exactly what the Rakudo Star announcement says we are going to do. It names a release date, says that we will prioritize what will go into that release, gives a criteria by which we will come up with priorities, and says we will focus our efforts over the next eight months on implementing those priorities.

      Look, if you want to complete *ANYTHING* -- a language, a race, something you're cooking for dinner -- you need to decide what you're doing and do it. Once you're done, you can redo it or add to it or whatever. You discard any pretensions about whether something can be "finished" or not and you spec out what you're going to do. Then you do it. Then you gather feedback, and you consider all the things you'd like to change/add/remove, and you write a new spec.

      I believe that this is exactly what the Rakudo Star announcement says we are going to do, even to the point of explicitly discarding any pretensions we may be having about whether something can be "finished". Rakudo Star is all about gathering feedback for what has been done before, so that we can update and improve the spec.

      In short, as far as I can tell the plain text of the announcement says that we are going to do exactly what you say we ought to be doing, and for largely the reasons you claim we should be doing it.