>> 3. The “*scratch*” “buffer” is a INTRUSIVE IDIOSYNCRASY.
> The reason behind the *scratch* buffer is highly confidential, but since
> you're all trustworthy Emacs users here, I'll tell you (but please
> promise you won't tell anyone else):
> It's an entrance test to the Emacs Church!
Are there alternate designs for the scratch buffer?
There are variations on everything else in Emacs.