Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

I wish more people understood this.

There is no excuse to not have any documentation. One must always make an attempt to write a reasonable amount of documentation so there isn't a situation where there is no hope to understand anything except read all the source code.

But a lot of people (managerial types especially) expect docs will be "step 1 look here, step 2 look there, step 3 fix with this exact command"

Docs should explain how a system works, and perhaps some important places to look, but it's not a checklist to fix all problems. The consumer must still possess the ability, and will, to investigate and fix problems using their own critical thinking.

Registration is open for Startup School 2019. Classes start July 22nd.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact