re: Software engineering fetishes VIEW POST

re: In common parlance, the word fetish is used to refer to any sexually arousing stimuli, not all of which meet the medical criteria for fetishism.[5]...

To be super clear (if we're all off quoting Wikipedia YAWN)

Essentially, fetishism is the emic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.

Where 'emic' means within the social group.

What Chris is saying (I think) is that the social group of developers attribute to the three objects (DRY, time to first byte, and 'clean' commit histories) inherent supernatural powers which they have in and of themselves.

If you are sexually aroused in any way by having a clean commit history, seek help.

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