Why does Emacs init create a hidden file?

Why is the Emacs init file -.emacs or .emacs.d / init.el a hidden file (or in a hidden directory)? Is there a good reason for this? This can make common operations outside of Emacs unnecessarily awkward.

Dialog boxes in other programs do not handle hidden files well. For example, I tried to connect my .emacs.d / init.el to an email in my Gmail account. Firefox / Gmail dialog does not show hidden files or folders and does not allow me to enter path name.


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Configuration files in your home directory are usually hidden in Linux. Why shouldn't they hide? They shouldn't see anything all the time.



This means that you can list your home directory without seeing the gazillion config files there.



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