in reply to
Re^3: why I will not use ActiveState again
in thread Getting Fed Up with ActiveState
it's difficult for me to determine that it's because a core module several layers up the chain is different
I think that point of yours (along with the rest of your post) is fair enough. And I also think that ActiveState's decision to modify the module is fair enough.
So ... let's get constructive about the issue ... what should they be doing (from the perspective of a module author) when they perceive a need to amend a core module ?