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    I am troubled by this author’s post. I have two high-level responses.

    Firstly, it is true that a fish rots from the head down. Statements like “ We were all pissing in the pool.” and “Everyone pretended it was an honest mistake.” Indicate you knew the environment was toxic and coming from your leadership. This happens sometimes.

    But.

    Secondly, you are a person with agency and ethical standards. Did you ever pause to consider that you may be locking the phone for someone trying to call emergency services or contact loved ones in danger? As toxic as any environment is, you always have a choice, and you can always act ethically. This doesn’t mean quitting your job or getting fired as you imply.

    I studied to be an engineer but never got certified, yet I took special interest in ethics case studies. You may think you are “just a Python tester” but you wield great influence over people’s lives. Respond constructively. Escalate. Propose systematic solutions to problems.

    Have some backbone.

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      Did you ever pause to consider that you may be locking the phone for someone trying to call emergency services or contact loved ones in danger?

      I had your same exact reasoning about this story, I would not have felt one bit confident about the locking mechanism from an ethical perspective, let alone deploying it with such lack of robustness.

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        I would not have felt one bit confident about the locking mechanism from an ethical perspective, let alone deploying it with such lack of robustness.

        That’s what I thought as well. “I might be locking someone’s phone” would not even come into question. I would be all hung up on “shit, I have no idea what this script will do, what if I mess up” and gone an extra hour or six.

        Then again, I’m not the author. They may not have the same level of confidence, experience, agency. They may have been overworked (see comments about working long weekends) and not have had the mental fortitude to stand up to deploying half-assed scripts. They may really have thought it’s doing a good job and that the “K Pop company” wil do their job.

        Really can’t tell unless I was in their shoes.

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      If you’re going to work on a product that can impact people’s lives, please be more careful. It’s not even about “testing in production” or whatever else, if your product can ruin someone’s week you should act more responsibly. Ultimately the blame lies with the company management but the cavalier tone in the article is a bit upsetting.

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        As I wrote in the other comment, I completely agree and the sheer impact that your code could have on real people’s lives should be the top priority no matter the toxicity of the environment one might find him/herself into.

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        Please choose option 2. This goes for everyone. I see no other take-away from this article. If the author had done things properly he would have been fired. We have learned nothing new about best practices or how to effectively test. All the techniques and practices that would have prevented this were developed decades ago and are well established. The only solution is to quit your job. I urge everyone that is in a similar situation to do the same. Even if it is risky, it is one of the only means humans have left for taking control.

        I feel like we all need to consider if what we are doing for work is productive or destructive for society at large. Big companies and corporations are constantly gaining in power at the cost of democratic institutions and the time is drawing ever closer that they wont really need human beings so much anymore (I am talking long term, not in the next few years). If you aren’t sure, it is likely destructive in the long term. I understand a lot of people rely on their job for survival and feel like they have no choice. People will sometimes put their lives at risk to try to disrupt a totalitarian regime that is oppressing them, I don’t see this as much different. Given the continual and steady erosion of human agency and self determination and the fact that these entities are mostly mindless and driven only by hunger (profit), it seems like we should be taking this a bit more seriously. Yes I know in this case only a few thousand people lost their ability to communicate with other humans at a distance for a short time, it could have been much worse, but this is happening everywhere and the consequences in aggregate are massive.