On complexity

Sometimes I find wisdom in the most unexpected places.  Not that Matt’s blog is such a place, but I wasn’t expecting to find anything that enlightening in the comments to such a simplistic blog post – about centered backgrounds for Twitter.  The quote that I think more people should know is:

it’s hard to anticipate the complexity of something you didn’t write

Here is a beautiful screenshot for too.

A few times I found myself in the situation that I couldn’t even explain the complexity of a change that seemed so simple from the outside.  And for some time now, when I hear the question “Why can’t they just do it? It’s so simple”, I have the answer ready – “They probably have more than one good reason for not doing it”.

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