Developers are consenting adults, treat them as such

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I was just asked how I prevent a developer from doing something stupid. My answer was "rational explanation". I see way too much effort to protect developers from themselves. There is a very simple approach to handling rogue developers, it involve a conversation with their manager and a guided tour toward the door.

That is not to say that you shouldn't have reasonable error messages, "token error 0x443234FEA" is pretty nasty to do, but don't try to make them work without all the power that they can have.