If this would be true, then this would be true too:
I think both these statements are untrue. Perhaps there is a lot not to like in these statements—but there is no immorality to be seen in them.
So, whenever the design of a font would allow it, an unconnected “fi” ligature would be the best way to ligate the “f” while retaining the identity of “ij” as a letter.
Let’s keep things simple, like this: italic = slanted = oblique (and it doesn’t matter whether italics have a shape more related to fluid writing than to mechanical composition, or not—like it doesn’t matter for uprights).
This description of a “designing from the extremes” approach, can be “mirrored” to a description of a “designing from the middle” approach. If you design “from the middle”, you will initially end up with three masters on the weight axis. If having less masters is very important, and if the design of the font lends itself to it (e.g. the distance between the extremes is relatively small), and if you don’t mind a possible loss of quality, then you can remove the intermediate master.
However, I am not sure whether such a removal of the intermediate master, will lead to a significant reduction in file size—if the font family is implemented as a variable font. What is, in the context of a variable font, the added value of removing an intermediate master?
I guess it means: “If enough people click this flag, the post will be buried”. In the past, the “bury-flag” (or one of the “bury-flags”?) was named “troll”. Calling a contributor a troll, seems to be considered to be too much of a punishment now—so this flag has been replaced by a flag with a name that sounds less punitive. This flag replacement lowers the threshold for people to click the “bury-flag”—so it can be expected that “big punishments”, the burying of a post, will happen more in the future. However, “small punishments”, calling someone a troll, will be a thing of the past.
(Edited because of Thierry’s post below. If the admins can’t take away the burying behavior from a flag, they can still decide not to use a flag with such behavior.)