Transparent Coding


K. S. Shankar (Doc) from IBM just said something which is similar to a comment that Michael Bernstein made via email earlier. Michael said "the knowledge that other people will be reading your code (whether shallowly or deeply) has a significant effect on how you code." What Doc said is a corollary: when people find a bug that you're responsible for, its embarrassing and people will work hard to fix them quickly. The point is that it comes down to transparency and the value that it has in many circumstances. I'm a fan of transparency as a tool for driving correct behavior in organizations. When you apply it to individuals it gets trickier. All kinds of privacy questions.