I'm testing the current beta (01/02/05) build and found that the Excerpt "feature" for writing a new post (by clicking on Advanced Editing) does not work. At 1st I thought this was a bug, but after digging for a bit, I found a reference to "The Loop" and that you have to put <?php the_excerpt(); ?> into "The Loop". So I figured I'd play along and amuse myself. I can tell you that finding "The Loop" is not very amusing at all, especially since it is different from what is posted on "The Loop" page. I did, however, locate the elusive little creature and modified it by putting <?php the_excerpt(); ?> in several different places. I still could not get the excerpt to display correctly.
So what we have here is a "feature" that is offered by the mere click of a button, BUT one has to modify "The Loop" (after it's found) in order for it to work...and then it still doesn't work correctly!
Here's my take on this mess:
If a "feature" is offered by the mere click of a button, then that feature should work by default. Then if someone has the knowledge and would like to tweak their installation, they can seek out "The Loop" and modify it to their hearts content. Does anyone agree with that?
Note: I also used the stable version 1.2.2 just to make sure that it wasn't beta specific and got the same results.