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

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

"If you start your workflow from a raw image, you'll have to sharpen your final output."

What confused me a little. I should read it like:

  • "The jpeg conversion of the camera includes a bit of sharpness, so you'll want to replicate that"
  • "Humans like the sharpest images of what the camera does, so we all adapt by sharpening everything.
  • "There is something in RAW that implicitly reduces the sharpness and that you need to compensate"


(There is a similar question, but one that focuses on a general definition of all digital files, and this interesting question is about the order of the steps)