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Well, I have some bad news for you...
freeme8912yShit just got real
That's relatively common. The first skill I developed is knowledge-vampirism. You need to find the people in the company who *know*, and politely extract all the information you can :)
C0D4619522yDamn right it is normal.
Even in places that have documentation, things get missed. APis go unnoticed, and shit breaks - its usually when something breaks you have the “who around here knows how this old girl actually works” moments.
Nanos102612yI remember a particular job.
I asked someone how to do X on the system, "Oh they said, ask Alex."
I ask where the manual is, to be told there wasn't one..
I ask a few other folk, everyone said to ask Alex..
It appeared Alex was the only one who knew..
Eventually, I find Alex, he's 70+, officially retired, but back on the payroll via an employment agency.
I strongly suggest to him that if he did a manual, it would help the rest of us for when he died !
He said he would work on it..
I often wondered, did he ever finish the manual before he died ?
I left before I could find out.
This was the same place, that there was no map of the building, for security purposes you understand..
Great, I'll just wander around 100+ miles of building and keep asking people where shit is then !
I thought, this would make a great map for Quake II..
PreyK22942yWelcome to the industry 😃
shernandez22yUnfortunately the real world is just like that
xecute3852yJust an idea. Many companies keep track of how many issues you close for promotion. So maybe just handpick a few components, make an issue for docs of each one. Talk to the folks, write the docs and collect the bounty.
Welcome to real world bro. . . 😎
geimaj2492yWell, I guess I always wanted to be a detective anyway
Nanos102612y> Many companies keep track of how many
> issues you close for promotion.
FX [ Remembers previous job.. ]
I closed several hundred in a couple of years, left with about 3,000+ issues open..