weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

every stackoverflow thread where the question is "how do I [common task of mild sophistication with no single standard library solution]?" turns into seventeen thousand replies with EXTREMELY detailed benchmarks for increasingly arcane solutions

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weird programming thing that happens for some reason 

@aparrish I think there have been some research papers that inform language design and usability based on the kinds of questions that come into stack overflow, I should dig those up.

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