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Patrice Gauthier

I stand by this too. How often did we see old comments that lead you off the understanding of the code because it wasn't updated? To me if you have to write a comment saying what it does it's a code smell that needs refactoring. Too much comments is a noise that we all end up ignoring and then collects dust. I only write down a comment saying why some code is written in some way to explain it's unusual design and that it was (hopefully) the best idea at the moment. Only 2 rules of exception here for noisy comments : you write assembly or the comments are used by testing tools for test cases. Rare comments catch the eye.