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Imagine all the old_functions_that_do_the_same_thing_as_new_functions() being ripped out. Think of the consistency and improved work flow while working with different themes and plugins.

Is there already a branch like this or is there something in the pipeline?

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There are no such plans. WordPress intentionally maintains backward compatibility.

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