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We want you to share solutions that solved work problems - but don't explain the problem it solved.

The idea is that someone else, when they have a problem can read this and see if your solution jolts them out of their problem.

(This is obviously a tribute to Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies cards which were filled with stuff like "add backing vocals")

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:45)
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We drilled a hole in the handle on the ball valve and tied two wires to it.
We then ran the wires around table legs and out of the steel shutter doors so yanking one wire from a safe distance (and from behind a steel door) closed the valve, yanking the other opened the valve.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 12:56, Reply)

Persuaded a colleague that he'd be doing everyone a huge favour, and we'd all be especially grateful, if he did what was basically in his contract to begin with.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 12:10, Reply)
Explain your problem to a rubber duck
useful for more than just coding problems
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:37, 1 reply, 2 days ago)
We'll just keep throwing hardware at it until it stops alerting.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:31, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
"Wait 17 years and the solution will be obvious"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:28, Reply)
Can't think of anything to say?
"I echo the sentiments expressed so far. We must remain focused."
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:26, 2 replies, latest was 5 days ago)
Go straight to the source.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:18, Reply)
remove links to the dodgy part of the site

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:17, Reply)
have a chat with somebody who's done it before. offer to pay for the coffee

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:15, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
"Tell the client you followed their advice to the letter even though you didn't coz it was stupid"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:12, Reply)
Buy a tomato timer and force yourself to do 25 minutes.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:11, Reply)
Use a blockchain
Or machine learning
Or big data
Or the cloud
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:09, Reply)
Write it out as a question, providing as much detail as possible.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:05, Reply)
Just block their IP(s)

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:04, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
Set up a Patreon page

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:03, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
"Sell it and walk away"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:02, Reply)
Count your losses and offer to buy your way out of it.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:01, Reply)
"Strategically book a holiday"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 11:00, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
"Stop working on it, go back and look at it tomorrow morning"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:59, Reply)
"Blame an ex-employee for the screw up and tell the customer that as a result, she's been fired."

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:58, Reply)
Write it all out very badly
then pretend a friend has handed you their bad writing and asked you for help
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:58, 1 reply, 5 days ago)
Do the stupid idea as a meticulous parody

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:56, Reply)
"Go to Nando's and write on bits of paper until one of those bits of paper has a usable idea on it"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:49, Reply)
"Read the tutorial and learn it properly"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:49, Reply)
"Ask people to send money"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:49, Reply)
"Look at what was popular 20 years ago. Do that again"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:48, Reply)
"Pivot the project to something that you're better at, rather than the thing you've actually been asked to do"

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:48, Reply)

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