Responding to the recent comments about the filter extension included in recent PHP 5 releases from other members of the community, Pádraic Brady has posted comments on the matter including his experience with the extension and his worry about the other comments tarnishing the extension's reputation.
Personally I haven't tested ext/filter. I should no doubt be shot like a rabid dog for daring to post about this for that reason alone. Commenting idly without any knowledge of an extension is obviously illegal somewhere, possibly China.
He notes that some of the comments (the more inflammatory ones) were a bit out of place, and that feedback about issues has its place - not in major public view. He worries that the negative comments will cast a negative shadow on the extension and that the "back and forth" that's a result of it only serves to cause more trouble than it's worth.