We shed light on the structure of the ``three-operator'' version of the forward-Douglas--Rachford splitting algorithm for finding a zero of a sum of maximally monotone operators $A + B + C$, where $B$ is cocoercive, involving only the computation of $B$ and of the resolvent of $A$ and of $C$, separately. We show that it is a straightforward extension of a fixed-point algorithm proposed by us as a generalization of the forward-backward splitting algorithm, initially designed for finding a zero of a sum of an arbitrary number of maximally monotone operators $\sum_{i=1}^n A_i + B$, where $B$ is cocoercive, involving only the computation of $B$ and of the resolvent of each $A_i$ separately. We argue that, the former is the ``true'' forward-Douglas--Rachford splitting algorithm, in contrast to the initial use of this designation in the literature. Then, we highlight the extension to an arbitrary number of maximally monotone operators in the splitting, $\sum_{i=1}^{n} A_i + B + C$, in a formulation admitting preconditioning operators. We finally demonstate experimentally its interest in the context of nonsmooth convex optimization.

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