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Aug. 3rd, 2012 (UTC)

Tags like "stupid," "bad at ____", "sloppy," and so on, are ways of saying "You're performing badly and I don't know why."

Stupid's also shorthand for wilfully ignorant, as with Douglas Adams' oft-cited example of laughing at boffins not making planes out of the same material as black boxes. A lot of humour relies on stupidity and desperation to belong, and people are to some extent what they do.

Debugging's a great metaphor, particularly taken to some conclusions -- eventually a particular subroutine's reasonably debugged, there may be limitations of the language that can't be worked around, and setting further targets for refactoring can become counter-productive and it's time to move on to other areas. All of which is generally easier to tackle with independent study than in a class environment with thirty students to juggle.

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