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Bikeshed [Feb. 6th, 2006|03:15 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I was explaining this to David earlier, but I'd forgotten the proper term:


Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?
"The really, really short answer is that you should not. The somewhat longer answer is that just because you are capable of building a bikeshed does not mean you should stop others from building one just because you do not like the color they plan to paint it. This is a metaphor indicating that you need not argue about every little feature just because you know enough to do so. Some people have commented that the amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change."

[User Picture]From: denshi
2006-02-07 02:19 am (UTC)
New phrases have a habit of doing that.
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From: jeffr
2006-02-07 08:04 am (UTC)
It's been around for quite a while. We even have the following in FreeBSD:

| x x x -%-%-%- BSD|
| x x /^\ BIKESHED CARD |
| /__^\ Get out of x |
|blue-> ||| | shed *FREE* x x |

Probably wont look right in a non-fixed font.
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From: edge_walker
2006-02-07 01:28 pm (UTC)

It won’t look right in HTML at all, even if you switch to a monospace font, because whitespace gets collapsed. Have a <pre>:

 | x x x      -%-%-%-         BSD|
 |  x x   /^\   BIKESHED CARD    |
 |       /__^\  Get out of    x  |
 |blue-< ||| |  shed *FREE*  x x |
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