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An approach that says it's better to "just do things" rather than seek permission (synonym for better to seek denial).

Wiki in general is an exercise in better to ask forgiveness - you are asked to change pages without asking "can I change it" ? If you make a mistake you will be told about it, and it will be reverted.

Other areas BTAF is used:

Exception handling

      except KeyError:
         self.synchronised[boxdirection] = {}

File handling

open(IN, "somefile") || die "$!: didn't work";

Better to ask forgiveness is also a basic tenet of test first programming

Better to ask forgiveness is often used in conjunction with soft security and implies that users are trusted, whilst simultaneously removing barriers between "users", "developer", and "owners".

-- MS - 03 Feb 2004

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