October 09, 2003
<dan_b> the only real reason to use setq for anything these days is to demonstrate that you've been using lisp >10 years
Posted by jjwiseman at October 09, 2003 06:55 PM
I used to use setq versus setf to distinguish intent, and I got told off for it. Okay, that's too strong, but it was suggested that sometimes it'd be a function, not a value, that I was setting, and setf was safer because I didn't have to worry about it.
...or to demonstrate that you have been hacking emacs without using (require 'cl)