Are your Maven profiles being picked up as 'default'?

We recently noticed that the profile that we had marked as default in our Maven settings.xml file was not being set as the default. Like many examples on the web we had the following XML element set in the appropriate profile:

<profiles>
    <profile>
        <activation>
            <activeByDefault/>
        </activation>
    </profile>
</profiles>
After some searching we found this maven-users mailing list post detailing the solution.

<activeByDefault/> isn't enough to set the value, you need to explicitly set the boolean value to true:
<activeByDefault>true</activeByDefault> 
Once we saved that change in our settings.xml file the profile was picked up as the default.

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