Where has the practice of sending screen shots as source code come from?
well maybe screenshot of shell sessions to show varying formatted test
cases might be valid (like the increasingly popular practise of coding py
also, sreenshot sources tend to be syntax colored which might be easier to
overall it is a bad idea as you won't have the full code if the code is
long unless you are on android with the scroll screenshot option.
ease of access is the culprit !
On 28 Jan 2018 19:08, "Steven D'Aprano" <
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> 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.)