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I'm almost certain someone RFCd that for Perl6, although a quick scan of the RFC list yields nothing. I know for a fact it was discussed in the language mailing lists. Actually, there was a whole sub-list working group for the strict pragma!

Perl6 RFC #16, by Daniel Chetlin makes the argument that the strict pragma should be left more or less the way it is. Here is a brief synopsis of his reasoning, which was echoed in the mailing lists when the scenario of turning strict on by default was suggested:

=head1 ABSTRACT Perl5 is usable with no hassle as a quick-and-dirty problem-solver by default. It is ideal for one-liners, short scripts, and quick hacks that have no need for extra protection or error-checking. It is also great for large projects by making use of the C<warnings> and C<strict> pragmas. Perl6 should not make the one-liners, short scripts and hacks need to jump through extra hoops to get the "lax" behaviour which is default in Perl5; the point of using Perl as a quick-and-dirty tool is that you don't have to do anything extra.

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    [Corion]: But I wouldn't really know as I don't use iexplore much (except at $work) and mostly surf with JS disabled (except at $work :) )
    [marto]: yeah, this is at work, where some intranet app launches links via When users close the intranet page so that only the new JS opened windows exist, clicking URLs in an email (or whatever) don't open
    [Corion]: marto: It somewhat makes sense that the reduced popup window doesn't get new URLs, but it makes less sense that no new browser window opens :)
    [marto]: Corion, yeah, why no new browser window opens is currently beyond my understanding
    [marto]: thanks

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