Bad Code Offsets

Kind of like carbon offsets

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#1 5thWall  Icon User is offline

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Bad Code Offsets

Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:39 AM

So you've probably heard about carbon offsets. The basic idea is that you buy an offset and the money goes to some worthy climate mitigation project, thereby decreasing your net carbon footprint.

Bad Code Offsets are a similar idea, just for bad code. You buy bad code offsets for the lines of bad code you've written and the money goes to support open source projects "that are performing vital work towards the salvation of our future code base."

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Personally, I can't decide if it's a brilliant idea or a horrible one. I don't think that they actually improve your "code karma," and see them as more of a fund-raising gimmick. I'm open to other ideas though, what are your thoughts? Would you buy bad code offsets? Would they help? Can you really mitigate your bad-code footprint that way? Discuss.

[n.b. I realize that carbon offsets agro a lot of controversy from global warming, as well as having their own controversy about effectiveness and such. I mostly mentioned them in case someone was living under a rock and didn't know where the idea was coming from. Please keep the conversation abut the code, m'kay.]

Edit: forgot the link

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Re: Bad Code Offsets

Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:52 AM

View Post5thWall, on 18 Nov, 2009 - 08:39 AM, said:

Personally, I can't decide if it's a brilliant idea or a horrible one.


Same here. Though I'm leaning towards "useless", and ultimately counter-productive. That's like giving bad coders a licence to code badly. Unfortunately locally, other coders will still feel the effects of having a bad coder around...

Would you buy bad code offsets? 



Nah. What bad code?!
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 10:02 AM

This follows the tried and true business strategy of "a fool and his money are soon parted"...
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Re: Bad Code Offsets

Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:17 PM

View Postdbhubbell, on 18 Nov, 2009 - 10:02 AM, said:

This follows the tried and true business strategy of "a fool and his money are soon parted"...


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It also plays into the: "fell guilty? give me money and you'll feel better"
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