The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Musings on the intersectionality of trigger warnings and spoiler warnings

I was reading XXX XXXXXXXX­X XXXXX XXXX XX XXXXXXX [Hold it right there! You need a trigger warning for that link! –Editor] [Sigh. Fine. –Sean]

(TRIGGER WARNING: X­XXXXXXXX­X XXXXXXX XXXXXXX) [STOP! SPOILER! Where's the spoiler warning? –Editor] {Seriously? I was trying to give a trigger warning, and now you want a spoiler warning as well? –Sean] [Yes. We can't just go X­XXXXXXX X XXXXX XXXXXX! –Editor] [Isn't that a spoiler as well? You can't say that if I can't say XX­XXXXXXXX­ XXXXXXX XXXXXXX –Sean] [… –Editor] [Well? –Sean] [Deep subject. But yes, you are correct. Carry on. –Editor]

SPOILER WARNING: The following trigger warning contains a spoiler for …

[Okay, so how I am supposed to do this? I need to both give a spoiler warning and a trigger warning for the page, but the trigger warning contains a spoiler. If you don't want to get spoiled, you could potentially get triggered. But if I give the trigger warning, those who hate spoilers will have the story ruined! What now, high and mighty editor? –Sean]

[Well, you are well and truly X­XXXXX! –Editor]

[Trigger warning for the foul language, you XXX­XXXX! –Sean]


Some musings on a fable of software engineers

[You might want to read this first. –Editor] [Really? –Sean] [Really. Or don't. But don't say I didn't warn you. –Editor] [Sigh. –Sean]

I was reading The Codeless Code: Case 41 Garbage (link via Lobsters) and my initial thought was that the head monk might not have much experience with source control. I know I only first started using source control back in 2000 (CVS) and not to control multiple versions but to allow an easy method to update the code from a remote location. Before the use of source control, I found myself commenting out code to keep it “just in case.”

These days, I no longer keep commented out code (erm … um … okay, I should probably just remove the code and convert the information into a real comment) but the thought did strike me that, okay, I remove the code but I have to remember the code existed at one point. Or a maintainer will have to be cognizant enough to search the history looking for deleted code that could be useful. There's very little indication of code that's been removed.

Just a thought.

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