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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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Exactly. Mind you, some of this code is really old, and I think they started with Visual SourceSafe which had a lot of problems.

There are literally hundreds of these repos, and we use a number of automated processes to scan and report on these projects. Having the else extraneous projects in here causes all sorts of false positives as to the state of the code. It's important to have accurate reporting on all of these, as it impacts budgets and allocation time and developer resources to address these.

But as I said earlier, there should be some level of common sense on cleaning this up. As senior-level developers, there should be a trust that we can address these things without requiring convening a committee, schedule meetings, and getting senior management to make a decision for us.

This is just another form of YAGNI, but instead of adding code that isn't going to be used, it is removing code that is no longer used. And as developers we should address technical debt to clean up up any project we are working on. I liken this to the Boy Scouts, where we should leave the campsite/project cleaner and in better shape than we found it.

It is very common here for multiple teams to work on a single project. Add to that employee churn. So making sure that the code is a clean, concise and understandable is important for whoever has to look at the project the next time around.

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