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This is dishonest. Things like plumbing, electricity, typography, agriculture, electronics, woodworking, metalworking etc. are the creative acts akin to programming. I did not say they should learn programming.

But you're using a knife daily, so I presume you know what is dangerous about a knife, (not how to make one!), or say you use a credit card. Should you not have at least a vague idea of the concept before you use it responsibly? That's all am asking for.

But if I hire an electrician (or even wire something myself, which I've been known to do) I don't have time to check whether the wires are aluminum instead of copper. Or if their insulation is flame-retardant. I rely on regulations and inspections and even the good will of the manufacturers.

You presumably rely on several indicators that you have learned to look for when doing this type of work. There are several indicators in an URL that indicate the likelihood of it being legit, including proper spelling, valid SSL, reasonable path given the activity etc.

You presumably rely on brands, yes? Same with the URL, make sure it is in fact the 'brand' you're looking for. Am not saying it's 100% foolproof as buying counterfeits isn't hard either. But at least do the bare minimum to check.

Yep, I do make some kind of checks. Mostly I rely on the label and brand though. And TrickURI is a kind of label verifier.

To make sure I'm not accidentally buying H0me D3p0t brand nomex.

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