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."
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
This post has been edited by 5thWall: 18 November 2009 - 09:41 AM