> > > I'm so used to it now it almost seems
> > > to make sense.
> > > 
> > > At least it's consistent with C's scanf 
> > > (I think).
> > 
> > it is.  Perl's automatic background string-to-number context
> > switching, too.
> 
> And this is a good thing because....  :)

I didn't assert that.

> I'm struggling to think of an instance where silently ignoring
> these errors makes sense.

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