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It's weird working on something as part of a team, or especially as something someone else wants done but where the spec is a little bit different every day. They're good about it, it's not the usual spec hell stuff, but it can be very disorienting to come in and discover someone has e.g. decided your internal structures should really look like Y rather than X.

Similarly strange is the insistence folks have about me contacting e.g. the Subversion developers when I am having trouble using their ludicrously poorly specified library bindings. I eventually made myself understood by saying that "ok, if I haven't resolved the problem by this evening I'll email them but usually butting my head against stone walls takes less time than talking to people". Which is, I think, true for me with email. Less so with in-person type stuff but I have much less hesitation about going up to a coworker and saying "so, uh, WTF. Seriously."

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