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I got a message from one of the employers on careers wanting to hire me. When I went to view the message, I went to the "messages" tab and saw a listing, as one would expect.

There's a big ol' table with date, employer, subject, status, and a teeny tiny little link to view the message. Why have the link there at all? Why not just make the entire row clickable?

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Clearly this needs a screenshot with a freehand circle or two. –  Greg Hewgill Nov 27 '09 at 1:00
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Why did you make your screenshot even harder to read than this so-called tiny link? –  random Nov 27 '09 at 6:17

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I think we forgot to install The Admiral's Pipe ... :)

I was recently reminded of a story one of our development managers told me. Before he started his career in software he was a sailor aboard a Russian sub. Inspections by the admiral were a regular occurrence and involved a huge investment of time to clean the entire sub… As you might expect Russian admirals were fairly demanding and always expected to find problems. In fact they kept looking until they found the problem however unimportant they were. Apparently the sailors came up with a creative way address placate the admiral. They would leave one, fairly obvious, pipe un-cleaned. The admiral would find this pipe, insist that it be cleaned and feel satisfied that he found a problem and not dig any deeper. This practice became known as using “the Admiral’s pipe”.

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So... [status-completed]? –  random Nov 27 '09 at 6:33
    
I was just reading this post the other day, at a blog called Coding Horror, that had collected the top entries from the old SO "New programming jargon you coined?" question (10k-only), and this looks suspiciously like #5, The Duck. –  Pops Sep 25 '12 at 21:38

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