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> Consider that manual tagging is the simplest, least confusing, and
> most predictable option. It should therefore be the model for the
> primitive operation.

It's also the most expensive for the user, so goes against "the tool
should help you".  Consider a user who cuts and copies a subcircuit 15
times (I've done this, even scripted it).  Asking the user to re-tag
every single object in those pastes is a non-starter.

An ideal solution is something that can diagnose and locate shorts
most (or nearly all) of the time, without requiring the user to do
more overall work.

> Especially when learning the tool, the user needs manual control
> over what's going on.

I disagree.  IMHO the user should not have to do many extra steps
before they've learned what they're for.  Each step in the learning
process should have immediate feedback and reward.  The more steps
between each milestone, the steeper the learning curve.

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