While I agree with the notion that renaming existing concepts is a bit problematic (I've already criticized the name "custom type" to indicate sum / enum types), and that mods and vocal community members can be rather zealous, I do believe Evan himself is generally rather thoughtful and the BDFL model does have its own set of advantages, such as allowing for unpopular decisions that will eventually benefit the language.
Elm is OSS, however, so you can pretty much fork it and roll your own if you were so inclined. People have done so in the past.
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