Why are so many useful features of open source projects hidden under obscure configuration options that mean they will get little or no use? Is this just typically poor documentation and promotion, or is there something that makes these developers hide their code? It is not as if the code seems broken. When I turned these features on in some recent code I came across, the system remained stable under test and in production. I feel code should either be used or removed from the system. If the code is in a source-code repository, then it is not really lost, but it is also not cluttering the rest of the system.
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