On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 1:51 PM Markus Dreseler via Std-Proposals <std-proposals@lists.isocpp.org> wrote:
Got it, thank you for the link to the clang bug.

 > [[maybe_unused]] should be used when the use is either completely
absent, or effectively absent because it's used inside a macro that
might be conditionally defined otherwise, or inside an #ifdef block that
was compiled out, or inside an #include file whose contents are

If I understand you correctly, this would apply to the following
example. Could you please give your thoughts on this one:

     #include <cassert>
     void foo(int a) {
         assert(a == 3);
       // actually do something with a


Ah, yes, that would be a place where [[maybe_unused]] might apply.
However, for now, you can easily write


to suppress the warning: https://godbolt.org/z/7ZHSYz
That's less cluttering to the code (thus easier to read and maintain), and also works in existing compilers (thus easier to deploy).

"Yeah, but using this logic, isn't [[maybe_unused]] completely redundant and unnecessary and should never have been standardized?"
AFAIK, yes.