Have you ever heard of any committee anywhere voluntarily disbanding?
The (informal) standardisation of Haskell 98 was an important turning point for another reason: it was the moment that the Haskell Committee disbanded. There was (and continues to be) a tremendous amount of innovation and activity in the Haskell community, including numerous proposals for language features. But rather than having a committee to choose and bless particular ones, it seemed to us that the best thing to do was to get out of the way, let a thousand flowers bloom, and see which ones survived.
'Better Jupiter than Earth,' say astronomers
I think I speak for all of us Jupiterian slashdotters when I say I have a problem with that statement.
The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.