Does the darktable manual imply that all RAW files need to be refined?

At the beginning of the darktable manual (p13 of pdf), there is the line:

"If you start your workflow from a raw image, you will have to fine tune your final output."

Which has a little confused me. Should I read it as:

  • "The jpeg conversion in the camera includes a bit of sharpness, so you'll want to reproduce it"
  • "Humans love sharper images than the camera" sees ", so we all adjust by emphasizing everything.
  • "There is something about RAW that implicitly reduces the sharpness and you have to compensate"


(There is a similar question, but one that focuses on a general sharpening of all digital files, and this interesting question concerns the ranking of steps)