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> To expand on my confusion, I cannot understand how this could be
> difficult

An example of the difficulty: the user selects a region of items on
the pcb and moves them to the other side, or even just moves them
elsewhere.  The simplistic "first touch" netlist ownership method
fails miserably with those simple commands, because a huge number of
connections change simultaneously.

Even something as simple as adding a single trace could "short"
multiple existing subnets, and if some of those subnets have been
assigned to nets but some subnets are as yet unassigned (because they
have yet to connect to something known to be in the netlist), you get
lots of arbitrary choices to be made about how everything needs to be

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