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every stackoverflow thread where the question is "how do I [common task of mild sophistication with no single standard library solution]?" turns into seventeen thousand replies with EXTREMELY detailed benchmarks for increasingly arcane solutions

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weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish the php stdlib documentation site has a similar vibe. why is there a comments section on the documentation at all, is a question one might ask

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@deathsatchel @aparrish at least with the php one you can pretty reliably just treat the comments as if someone had sifted the solution space for things you definitely should not do.

with stackoverflow, there will be an idea that mostly works but isn't optimal and may contain a serious trap for the unwary (the highest ranked response), then you have to scan the calamitous nonsense for the better idea that didn't get as many votes...

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish this is why software engineering isn't actually engineering imo

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish I think there have been some research papers that inform language design and usability based on the kinds of questions that come into stack overflow, I should dig those up.

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish I think it's just bikeshedding. In general it's fun to delve deep into a technical problem. When the problem isn't too difficult, you don't run up against barriers that show your own limitations, so you get to feel really smart.

weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish In my experience, within the first ten replies on ANY forum, someone will post something really dismissive and then it will devolve into arguments about who is using the wrong tone in the thread

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