Why is the title of a 'report' set in smaller font than the chapter headings?

I'm writing a document using the report class. I'm noticing the chapter headings look pretty big (and bold), while the main title is much smaller - perhaps 60% the x-height or so.

A(n almost) minimal example:

\documentclass{report}
\begin{document}
\title{This is my report}
\maketitle
\chapter{The first chapter}
This is some body text.
\end{document}


Compile it and see for yourselves.

I know the title page can be customized with various packages (or manually), but how come this is the default?

• Perhaps \LARGE was used because front page titles can be very long and it would look awkward on the front page, together with other information like \@author and \@date, whereas a chapter start page uses \huge and there are most likely more pages to follow (otherwise applying \chapter there would be pretty useless), such that remaining content is placed on subsequent pages. But in addition, I think that chapter titles should be short anyway, regardless which fontsize is chosen – user31729 Dec 30 '18 at 6:33
• Someone decided it to look like that. – Johannes_B Dec 30 '18 at 8:07
• @Johannes_B: Yes. But why? – einpoklum Dec 30 '18 at 8:14
• I cannot go back in space and time and look at the thought processes of the person in question, but i guess the thought went along the lines of ... "Yeah, looks about right. I'll go with that." – Johannes_B Dec 30 '18 at 8:43
• @einpoklum: You could ask David Carlisle in chat. I think he was a member of the project at that time, if I remember correctly – user31729 Dec 31 '18 at 17:33