Draco



  • Draco was one of the earliest legislators of Greece. The code he developed (yeah, I think this sentence so far is strange too) instituted the death penalty for minor, trivial crimes, and made slavery a much common sentence for debts unpaid.And that's how the word "draconian" came to be, meaning something that's too harsh.

    Feeling a little dictatorial and autocratic today? You, too, can be draconian about other people's errors. At least if you're making some code intent to be used by someone else, and don't want them feeding your program with fucked input.



  • [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"]Draco was one of the earliest legislators of Greece Athens.[/quote] And that's this month's pedantry quota filled.



  • [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"]

    Draco was one of the earliest legislators of Greece. The code he developed...

    [/quote] Draco's code broke images? What a shitfuck!


  • @DOA said:

    [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"]Draco was one of the earliest legislators of Greece Athens.

    And that's this month's pedantry dickweed quota filled.

    [/quote] 

    FTFY.




  • @SuperJames74 said:

    [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"]

    Draco was one of the earliest legislators of Greece. The code he developed...

    Draco's code broke images? What a shitfuck![/quote]

    Seems I keep failing when it comes to images. Argh.



  • TRWTF:  The thing that most people who use the term "draconian" don't tell you (and probably don't know themselves) is how successful Draco's policies were.  Crime practically vanished completely, almost overnight, and the people loved him for it.



  • @Mason Wheeler said:

    TRWTF:  The thing that most people who use the term "draconian" don't tell you (and probably don't know themselves) is how successful Draco's policies were.  Crime practically vanished completely, almost overnight, and the people loved him for it.

    Of course, all the people affected by the laws were dead. So it was a little difficult for them to make their voice heard.



  • @Mason Wheeler said:

    TRWTF:  The thing that most people who use the term "draconian" don't tell you (and probably don't know themselves) is how successful Draco's policies were.  Crime practically vanished completely, almost overnight, and the people loved him for it.

    Citation needed. According to wiki (the usual disclaimers apply)

    1) he mostly codified existing laws

    2) they were replaced less than 30 years later.

    it seems he did set some ridiculous punishments. The Greek wiki mentions death penalty for even stealing an apple or laziness.



  • @b_redeker said:

    * it seems he did set some ridiculous punishments. The Greek wiki mentions death penalty for even stealing an apple or laziness.

    Good thing I'm too lazy to steal apples-- wait-- damn he's got me coming and going!



  • @Mason Wheeler said:

    TRWTF:  The thing that most people who use the term "draconian" don't tell you (and probably don't know themselves) is how successful Draco's policies were.  Crime practically vanished completely, almost overnight, and the people loved him for it.
    What was the penalty for dissent?



  • @Renan C# Sousa said:

    ... and made slavery a much common sentence for debts unpaid...


    The ancient Greeks were soft-hearted liberal weenies.  At one time in England, bankruptcy was punishable (and punished) by death.

     



  • @Steve The Cynic said:

    The ancient Greeks were soft-hearted liberal weenies.  At one time in England, bankruptcy was punishable (and punished) by death.

     

    Maybe it could have been bring back for the bank ? A good old public hanging could have been nice.



  • Under Vlad Tepes crime did pretty much cease.  It was said you could leave a bag of gold in the middle of the street overnight, and it would still be there a week later.  Course he would impale you through your ass and have dinner watching you slide down the splintery wood for falling asleep at your job...  He is still considered by many to be a hero of the people though.



  • @galgorah said:

    Under Vlad Tepes crime did pretty much cease.  It was said you could leave a bag of gold in the middle of the street overnight, and it would still be there a week later.  Course he would impale you through your ass and have dinner watching you slide down the splintery wood for falling asleep at your job...  He is still considered by many to be a hero of the people though.
    The well-rested people, at least.



  • @Xyro said:

    @galgorah said:
    He is still considered by many to be a hero of the people though.
    The well-rested people, at least.
     

    Or those who like to be impaled. I'm not naming any names.


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