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January 04, 2006

9 Types of Users: Frying Pan/Fire Tactician

Frying Pan/Fire Tactician: "It didn't work with the data set we had, so I fed in my aunt's recipe for key lime pie."

Advantages: Will usually fix error.

Disadvantages: 'Fix' is defined VERY loosely here.

Symptoms: A tendency to delete lines that get errors instead of fixing them.

Real Case: One user complained that their program executed, but didn't do anything. The support person looked at it for twenty minutes before realizing that they'd commented out EVERY LINE. The user said, "Well, that was the only way I could get it to compile."

Posted by Peskie at January 4, 2006 12:00 PM