"Cargo cult" programming is evil only if it's a lifetime pattern. As a part of larval stage, it's entirely normal.
Many of the complaints that I see merlyn and other making against Cargo Cult programming are in the context of production code.
Granted, we're all larva at some point, but on my projects, I try to avoid letting larva write production code.
That may sound snotty, but a lot of what we do here is try to get people past the larval stage by pointing out what's bad about what they're going, and pointing out what they could do right.
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