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Where has the practice of sending screen shots as source code come from?


On Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:04:26 +0000, Steven D'Aprano wrote:

> I'm seeing this annoying practice more and more often. Even for trivial 
> pieces of text, a few lines, people post screenshots instead of copying 
> the code.
> 
> Where has this meme come from? It seems to be one which inconveniences 
> *everyone* involved:
> 
> - for the sender, instead of a simple copy and paste, they have to take a 
> screen shot, possibly trim the image to remove any bits of the screen 
> they don't want to show, attach it to their email or upload it to an 
> image hosting site;
> 
> - for the receiver, you are reliant on a forum which doesn't strip 
> attachments, or displays externally hosted images; the visually impaired 
> are excluded from using a screen reader; and nobody can copy or edit the 
> given text.
> 
> It is as if people are deliberately inconveniencing themselves in order 
> to inconvenience the people they are asking to help them.
> 
> With the exception of one *exceedingly* overrated advantage, namely the 
> ability to annotate the image with coloured lines and circles and 
> squiggles or other graphics (which most people don't bother to do), this 
> seems to me to be 100% counter-productive for everyone involved. Why has 
> it spread and why do people keep doing it?
> 
> I don't want to be the old man yelling "Get Of My Lawn!" to the cool 
> kids, but is this just another sign of the downward spiral of programming 
> talent? Convince me that there is *some* justification for this practice. 
> Even a tiny one.
> 
> (The day a programmer posts a WAV file of themselves reading their code 
> out aloud, is the day I turn my modem off and leave the internet forever.)

I can think of no justification for it.

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