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That pollutes the flags word. It would become flags plus sundry information, which is _IMHO_ a bit of a hack and bad engineering practice. I reckon it's cleaner to signal the availability of a new header field using a flags bit and keep the header field separate (assuming one subscribes to the overall mechanism in the first place).

It's not like we're that stuck for finding an extra 4 bytes of space on disc or in RAM these days and I doubt an extra cycle or two fetching the additional identifier word is going to hurt very much either, given the frequency with which these kinds of events will occur.

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