Why is it the programmers put little trademark symbols after everything?
Methinks a Real Programmer (tm) would find it Nifty (tm). This is A Good Thing (tm).
It's probably equivalent to writing in all caps for emphasis, which SOME people think is VERY irritating, while others think it might be appropriate in some instances.
Same category as finger quotes, spelling flames and any general affectations or pretention. Extraneous crap (TM).
IMHO, it's simply meant as humor. I think I've seen it most on "and that would be a Good Thing(tm)" - I've always seen that as meant to evoke Martha Stewart, and therefore the point that maybe "good thing" is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. In other words, the feeling that "hey, it's not just good, it's great. In fact, it can cure cancer and make your daughters virgins again!"
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I've been a *big* fan of using the asterisks for years... they are what you might call a Good Thing(tm).
As long as u don't START 2 use h4ck3r or speak or UPPER TO EMPHASIS EVERYTHING, it's all fine.
Surely that should be 'h4xx0r' :)
"hey, it's not just good, it's great"
Well, Mr. Spolsky, in his *INFINITELY LARGE EGO* has decided that a forum that only permits unformatted plain text is `A Good Thing`(tm). As a result, people must resort to various other methods when they want to *EMPHASIZE* a particular point.
Made Up Name
Also known as "ASCII was good enough for ARPANet, it's good enough for me"
Yeah, I draw the line a l33t sp34k. And I know that emphasis is very easily over-used, so only a single word here or there makes sense.
"Good Thing" a Martha Stewart reference? Hardly - it's a reference to _1066 and All That_, a classic spoof history book.
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