The Jargon File

Dead Snake

A decision that has already been made.

See the three_rules.

Note, you are (with limited scope) allowed to sulk about dead snakes - you're just not allowed to waste any time on them.  So you can only sulk about them during periods that you would not otherwise be hacking.

If you don't hack at all and somebody tells you that you're talking about a dead snake, that's your queue to shut up.  Now.  If you don't, you're likely to become thrush.
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