How completely messed up practices become normal

new person joins

new person: WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF

old hands: yeah we know we’re concerned about it

new person: WTF WTF wTF wtf wtf w…

new person gets used to it

new person #2 joins

new person #2: WTF WTF WTF WTF

new person: yeah we know. we’re concerned about it.

From Normalization of deviance in software: how completely messed up practices become normal

This is a fantastic essay on how totally crazy things become normal and accepted. Definitely worth the time to read and think about.