It bothers me a little every time someone calls me a software engineer. I'm not an engineer. What I do is not sufficiently based on actual science, research, and solid, tested formal models to be called engineering.

"Software developer" and "hacker" and "klutz" are all accurate.

@liw i share these feelings, but sometimes it helps to remember: i have also worked with some formally trained and credentialed engineers whose work i could have described similarly.

@brennen I've seen trained electricians install electrical things in ways that would make me ashamed if I did them. Installations involving duct tape and literal chewing gum.

The training is there so they know when a kludge is safe and acceptable, I guess.

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