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Is this really a common thing? How can you try to implement something without first having had thought of the solution?

I suspect one of the reasons is that to a casual observer, there is no difference between someone who is thinking deeply about something, and someone who is just daydreaming. They both aren't interacting with the computer and may have their eyes closed. On the other hand, "coding" by constantly banging at the keyboard and mousing around looks productive.

I am someone who thinks deeply first, and have been told off about it because they thought I was sleeping or otherwise not working.

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