The horrifying importance of domain knowledge
There are some long lists of false beliefs that programmers hold. isn’t because programmers are especially likely to be more wrong than anyone else, it’s just that programming offers a better opportunity than most people get to find out how incomplete their model of the world is.
I’m posting about this here, not just because this information has a decent chance of being both entertaining and useful, but because LWers try to figure things out from relatively simple principles—who knows what simplifying assumptions might be tripping us up?
The classic (and I think the first) was about names. There have been a few more lists created since then.
Gender. This is so short I assume it’s seriously incomplete.
Networks. Weirdly, there is no list of falsehoods programmers believe about html (or at least a fast search didn’t turn anything up). Don’t trust the words in the url.