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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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I think one metaphor accurately reflects the way software is built in the real world: flail around randomly and pray you succeed by force of pure dumb luck. Sometimes it even works. Not very often, but just enough to confuse people who should know better into thinking they're smart, when what they really were is lucky.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/15/2018

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  04:19 PM

This isn't really dubious guidance, strictly speaking. More like dubious marketing, or maybe more succinctly, WTF marketing. Check it out:

As in:
  • Wouldn't one expect a product to, like, work?
  • Is there a general expectation that (e.g.) knife sharpeners don't work?
  • When I am shopping for a knife sharpener, is the deciding factor that the manufacturer claims that their version actually is functional?
  • You can get a service mark (sm) on the phrase "This really works!" Really?
But, of course, you'll note that this is a package that belongs to me. So perhaps I should be asking myself these questions, eh?

More dubious guidance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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