Talk:The Boy Scout Rule

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A dangerous road

This seems to be a way to set oneself on a dangerous road. Leaving a campground cleaner than when you arrived is a pretty measurable outcome; but how do I decide if the code that I check in is better or worse than that which I checked out? To be sure, I have a gut feeling for what code's better or worse; but there's no reason to believe that my gut feeling agrees with anyone else's, and it seems that changes of the sort you propose (changing variable names, for example) invite vicious style wars. I consider it rather a matter of style *not* to disturb existing code, and even to stick to its idioms as far as possible. JadeNB 15:57, 3 September 2009 (PDT)

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