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Paula Santamaría Author

I may have explained myself poorly on that point. I meant that commented-out code has no value. I'm in favor of comments that explain the purpose of code, as long as they add additional value.

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Tony Ross

Ah, my mis-understanding Paula. Totally agree with you then.

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Ben Sinclair

Commented-out code may sometimes - very rarely - have value, but usually as a warning not to do something. Like in a function document string, something saying "this used to be done like so, but there's a gotcha, so don't refactor it back".