But does greedy usage exceed non-greedy usage because people wanted to be greedy, or because they didn't care and omitting the ? is easier?

In reply to Re: Re: Perl6: too bad non-greediness is not made the default by Anonymous Monk
in thread Parsing with Perl 6 by jryan

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