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9 simple ways to annoy programmers

Tips mentioned below are originally answered on Quora by a friend of mine, Abhishek Choudhary. Eh hold on! He is also a programmer. Experience matters, isn't it? ;)

"I will probably hate myself for publicly releasing a list of this kind, but a lot of people do these things anyway, so it should not matter.


So here goes, in no particular order,

  • Obviously, tell them to take a look at your PC that has been taking a long time to boot these days
  • Beg them to "hack" a particular Facebook / GMail / Anything account because
  • Tell them about that time when you were _this_ close to being a programmer yourself
  • Enlighten them about that world-changing idea you once had in 5th grade, and ask them if they would like to be a part of your "company" (note that you do not need to know what you are talking about)
  • Ask them for lessons — not programming lessons, but again, "hacking"
  • Use UNIX and Linux interchangeably in conversations
  • Argue over the fact that Windows is now multi-user, becuase it now supports multiple "accounts"
  • Question their choice of Operating System (usually Mac / Linux) — over and over and over
  • Ask them if they've "designed" any "new software" over the weekend. OVER ONE WEEKEND. Obviously, this doesn't work if you only do it once. So do it for a year."

There are obviously a million others. But you get the gist. A lot of programmers are good people (or at the very least, closet sociopaths), so you might see this reaction,


What are some good ways to annoy programmers? | Quora


Additional Note: If you know more such ways to annoy programmers, simply comment below, or tweet 'em to me at @techtsp.

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