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Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

The Bandwagon Effect

What worries me about the bandwagon that rolls as soon as something becomes "accepted" is the possibility that the bandwagon is flawed in some way. When that happens adjustments are made to the new de facto system to prevent the wheels falling off the bandwagon. The resulting complexity becomes more and more difficult to maintain but nobody is prepared to admit that maybe a back-track might have been the sensible step to have taken. Not just to back-track for the sake of it, but to go back and think about designing things in which - in hindsight - should have been built-in from the get go. Security is a good example of this in various manifestations. Look at the whole thing about email. It started off nice and simple and now everyone bolts on things willy-nilly to try to push it forward into the 21st century without reference to any kind of standard.

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