Attention young whipper-snappers fresh out of comp sci 101. Just because a thing is "old" does not mean it is bad. This should be obvious when you're making that argument at a 25 year old project.

Just had this exchange:
User: PHP should replace autotools with CMake. (not committing to do the work)

Me: Why? What problem does it solve? Every third party extensions would have to be updated to reflect such a change.

User: autotools is old.

Me: πŸ™„


@saramg its not just comp sci undergrads, way too many people have this issue.

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@wolfcoder @saramg Definitely this. Some people even have the opposite comolex, where old is good and new is bad.

@Lofenyy @saramg yeah, but that's a bit worse since it leads to mythologizing the past which can be a very dangerous thing to perpetuate.

@wolfcoder @saramg Yup, and I think we all do it to some extent. We see the past through rose-tinted lenses unfortunately, and I think this has lead to some weirdness in regards to how it's influenced how we see and think of things.

See all the "I was born in the wrong generation" comments on Youtube.

@wolfcoder @saramg Ugh, especially all the "Boys knew how to treat girls better in the 60's" comments. Very strong :oh_no: vibes from those ones.

@Lofenyy @saramg nah that's all cute and harmless.

When one lets their nostalgia mythologize the past, it leads to dangerous attitudes as in actual danger. Can you think of a group in particular who loves nostalgia who might do this on purpose, and pose actual danger?

@wolfcoder @saramg The only group I could think of were Nazi's, and I say this half-jokingly. Are there others?

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