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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
The distinction between executing a test and reporting the results of a test are important - thanks for reminding me :) Oodles of tests are never reported, I completely agree!
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
I argue the tests are being used, then - because they drive (at least in part) the next thing a person does.
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
"Because I'm being paid to go through the motions" and "To keep from doing something else" are two more general classes of things - thanks!
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
Your suggestions do, however, point to an answer: "Because running the test generates desirable side effects, even though the results of the test on the system under test are ignored".
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
I don't think I would say the thing you suggest I'd say. I don't think I'd claim generating heat or exhausting batteries is a kind of test result.
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awarded  Editor
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
Thanks for pointing out some missing context in my question; added, hope it helps explain why I'm asking this question.
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revised Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
Added the bit about the Rule of Three, to clarify why I'm asking this question.
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comment Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?
Sounds like people do actually care about those tests then...and maybe are just pretending nonchalance :)
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awarded  Student
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asked How does a tester decide how much debugging/investigation to do before handing an issue over to development?
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asked Favorite troubleshooting tips for testers?
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asked Why bother writing/executing a test whose results will never be used?