􀀂􀀟􀀍􀀅 􀀂􀀝􀀌􀀋 "I can't write this"

Our habit of trying to document bugs and limitations visibly was enormously useful to the system. As we put out each edition, the presence of these sections shamed us into fixing innumerable things rather than exhibiting them in public. I remember clearly adding or editing many of these sections, then saying to myself “I can’t write this,” and fixing the code instead.

— Dennis Ritchie, as quoted in UNIX Evolution: 1975-1984, emhasis mine


h/t Benjamin Sago in I Miss Balloon Help, which I also enjoyed reading.


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