Jonathan Nieder wrote:

> Isn't this essentially breaking a contract

To clarify, if there were some strong motivation --- e.g.  if this
were resolving some security problem --- then I would be all for
breaking compatibility in this way.  What's confusing to me is that I
just don't see the motivation.  Why wouldn't someone that wants this
functionality be able to pass a flag for it?

Is the idea that without a flag it's easier to teach or something?

Hoping that clarifies,
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