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What’s the biggest, most embarrassing mistake you’ve made on the job?

garrett profile image Garrett ・1 min read

Right now I’m freaking out because I accidentally erased my entire $dayJob website.

I’m writing this as I wait for the backups to load, fingers crossed they work as intended.

If not, I’m terrified to be pulling an all-nighter rebuilding the site from Wayback machine.

I know all of the mistakes I made here, and I’m not looking for advice on how to solve the problem.

I am asking, what’s your biggest and/or most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made on the job?

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Rose

Not a major mistake but something silly and embarrassing that I can remember: First day at a new job, fairly newbie to the version control world at the time (had been using svn at my previous job, had never used Git) ... I pronounced "Git" with a soft g to my boss. He immediately was like "Did you seriously just say that?" 😳 😳 Wanting to make a good impression I was pretty horrified with myself but other than some gentle ribbing it was quickly forgotten about 🙃

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Garrett Author

I have done this exact same thing! You’re not alone.

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Eddie

A live streaming server was having problems so I restarted it in the middle of an event hoping that users would fail over to the backup. They did not fail over. The customer was dissatisfied to say the least.

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Wilfred

Pushing to the master branch for two days without knowing. We usually work on separate branches then create a PR to the dev branch

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Garrett Author

Seems like something that would be common...I’m sure you’re not alone!