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> "good enough" because a duplicate "probably wouldn't happen very often". Meanwhile, the consequences of a dupe would lead to a pretty bad customer experience. [...] My bar is much higher than this developer...

I see a lot of posturing in this anecdote, what I think is missing are:

1 - an indication of how often would a customer experience the issue;

2 - how bad would his "bad experience" be;

Did you calculate the former and took in account the latter in forming your judgement?

Or, otherwise, was the "correct" solution simple and obvious enough that any non-junior developer would have picked that first without hesitation?

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