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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

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In a standup today, discussing a particular code repository. Sometime in the past, someone created a backup of one of the projects, then worked on the original project. Afterwards they checked everything back into repository, including the backup.

So my team is now working on this, and the developer was wondering whether this backup needs to be updated. I commented that if this is just a backup and no longer being used, we should just delete it. Keeping in mind that if it is still needed, it still exists in the history of the git repo.

So of course a big discussion began, with the other developer arguing that we don't know why it is still there, maybe it's still needed, etc. The final decision was to take this one instance to the main IT manager to provide "guidance".

Whatever happened to developers taking responsibility and making informed decisions? We are supposed to be senior developers, and capable of making a decision without having to have a committee meeting, or passing the buck to senior management.

If I was that manager and was asked that question, I think I would be a bit pissed off and have some serious doubts about this team....

EDIT
I should have remembered, this is a large government agency. And there is a huge mentality of covering you b#?! and taking responsibility for anything. I guess that is what they have us contractors for....

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