4 Things You Should Stop Saying to Developers

Stop asking us to hack your exes' Facebook account.

I grow weary addressing the mountain of questions and comments as a software developer. Most of the questions and comments don’t make sense because they‘re grounded in stereotypes.

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“Can you hack things? Can you hack into my exes Facebook?”

I’m shocked that I’ve heard this question more than once in my lifetime. To this day, I’m not entirely sure what constitutes a hacker. That might sound surprising, but as a developer, when you say you “hack” a solution, it implies your code lacks craftsmanship. No developer wants to hack a solution unless they’re in a crunch. And, a developer's worst nightmare is looking through the commit history and realizing they’re responsible for spaghetti code. So, the term hacker doesn’t sit right with me.

“My excel isn’t working.”

What does this even mean, and what do you want me to do about that?

“I have this app idea. I’ll pay you to do it!”

There are so many developers on Fiverr and Upwork looking for freelance opportunities. Yet, I cannot seem to make myself clear enough when my Instagram profile says, “Technical Commissions — CLOSED.” I was never open to commissions, but I received so many daily requests to build web and mobile applications, I had to put up the label. Nonetheless, I still get requests!

“You don’t program during your spare time? But you’re a developer!”

This one is a doozy and makes the hairs on my skin rise.


The moral of this article is:

Be mindful of developers personal lives, and cybercrime is a punishable offense.

Thanks for reading! ❤

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Software Engineer | LinkedIn: simpslandyy | IG: miss.simpsonn. | Twitter: simpslandyy | I wish I had something clever to say, but I don’t.

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