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    What is the worst mistake you've ever made at work?

    I posted this question up on our Facebook page a while back and the answers were hilarious.
    What is the stupidest thing you've done at work?

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    I was recently working on a WordPress site and had two tabs open in FileZilla (one to my testing site and one to the client's live site).
    When I was all done and ready to upload the final changes I wanted to delete the (now obsolete) theme folders from my testing site.
    Long story short, I got my tabs mixed up and ended up deleting the entire theme for the client's live site, causing his website to render without any styling at all.
    He was very gracious about it and luckily had a backup handy, but it was mightily embarrassing having to own up to what I had done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pullo View Post
    I was recently working on a WordPress site and had two tabs open in FileZilla (one to my testing site and one to the client's live site).
    When I was all done and ready to upload the final changes I wanted to delete the (now obsolete) theme folders from my testing site.
    Long story short, I got my tabs mixed up and ended up deleting the entire theme for the client's live site, causing his website to render without any styling at all.
    He was very gracious about it and luckily had a backup handy, but it was mightily embarrassing having to own up to what I had done.
    I did something very similar. Always a big risk when version control is done manually.

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    Deleted a clients old website, only to find out that we needed all of the content anyways...

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    I've been pretty lucky really. The worst thing that I can think of is when I sent out an email to a few thousand people with the wrong link in it.

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    This was back when I was a teacher, but I organized a swimming carnival for an entire school. It took months of planning, and I really tried to design it so that it flowed well. It was a tremendous success ... and culminated in me reading out the winning team. The judges handed me the results on a piece of paper, but I was surrounded by lots of over-excited, screaming kids who were all trying to look over my shoulder to see the results, so I had to hold them very close to me chest. I was exhausted, and as I was announcing the results, I misread them, and announced the wrong team as winner.

    Once I realized my mistake (with a feeling of horror I can't describe) I had to wait for all the screaming and cheering to die down before being able to correct myself—in front of hundreds of kid, parents, relatives, teachers, pool staff, and public onlookers. After all that work and planning over months (a lot of unpaid overtime) I was public enemy #1 for weeks, with aggrieved parents etc. complaining about me, damage control meetings etc... (Some felt I shouldn't have corrected myself, but I just couldn't do it to the real winners ...)

    Not a single person said "well done" for the day as a whole. It was all forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    Not a single person said "well done" for the day as a whole. It was all forgotten.
    Poor Ralph.

    Good job, Ralph. That sounded like it was a heck of a task!
    Trying to fill the unforgiving minute
    with sixty seconds' worth of distance run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    That sounded like it was a heck of a task!
    Thanks! Finally someone has said well done, after all these years.

    When I see people hounded in the media for some misdemeanor or other (like a politician) I do wonder if we are condemning him/her for one act and forgetting all the good things they may have done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph.m View Post
    When I see people hounded in the media for some misdemeanor or other (like a politician) I do wonder if we are condemning him/her for one act and forgetting all the good things they may have done.
    Yeah, that really gets my goat.
    You see some politicians get hung out to dry over a small error that was entirely human and consequently blown out of all proportion by the media just to sell papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pullo View Post
    Yeah, that really gets my goat.
    I'm impressed that your goat even cares about such things.

    The other big mistake I made at work was actually applying for it.

    O, and there was another time I was acting as a forum moderator, and ... actually, forget it.
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    Ralph - that's awful! How mortifying.

    It actually reminds me of another stupid thing that I did. I was one of the judges of an event called Full Code Press a few years back. It was my job to announce the winner. The Australian team had won, and as we grew up here in NZ calling the Aussie national colours green & yellow, I said "And in the yellow corner...". The entire room just stared at me in silence until someone asked what I was on about. Apparently Australians call the colours green and gold. I was mortified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK View Post
    I said "And in the yellow corner..."
    TBH, that doesn't sound too bad to me, so I'm surprised if it got a bad reaction ... although I see how it might cause confusion. Even "in the gold corner" may not have made too much sense, as we don't necessarily talk about those colors too much (unless the team is actually wearing the green and gold, I guess). The whole "green and gold" thing is pretty silly anyway, as the color IS yellow, not gold.

    They probably would have understood if you'd said "in the green and yellow corner".
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    That is a hard one, well maybe when I use to tip lorries and I dropped some expensive stuff which smashed all over! OOOoops
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul0130 View Post
    That is a hard one, well maybe when I use to tip lorries and I dropped some expensive stuff which smashed all over! OOOoops
    Hehe. It's the thought that counts, right?
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    One time when I was working on a website for a client, [REDACTED].

    And that's how I ended up with a cowboy hat and two chickens in my car.
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    Hi,

    I actually used my bosses name and phone number in registering on a website which got me into trouble.

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    My worst mistake is, Many times i used to forget to link the appropriate keyword where i need to post the blogs.

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    Force Flow, I've had that exact same thing happen.
    Trying to fill the unforgiving minute
    with sixty seconds' worth of distance run.

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    I guess I'm thankful that I don't remember any dumb mistakes I made at work. I'm sure I did but nothing really stands out or I just unconsciously deny all my mistakes.

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    This isn't computer related, but I once worked as a scheduler for a paint manufacturer and I scheduled a clearcoat to be made in this 10,000 gallon vessel. So I went home and when I walked into the office the next day, everyone was giving me the look like I was a dead man walking. Needless to say the plant manager and the floor manager were in the office, before I could even sit down the plant manager said "So you scheduled a clearcoat to be made last night?". I said "Yeah....and I take it something happen?" "Sure did, the batchmaker made the batch on top of a batch that was already in there and it created kind of mess. An to top it off it was a different clearcoat that was in the tank." Needless to say I thought to myself that I better dust-off my resume, but they stated that the batchmaker should had looked to see if the tank was empty before he started to make the new batch. It gets better, the only reason I scheduled the batch was because my boss was on vacation that week and that very same week he came back from vacation, he did the same exact thing that I did. From that day on the tank was locked (it was an enclosed tank with a porthole on the top in case anyone is wondering how this could happen in th first place and the controls were locked prevented any new material from being pumped in) if there was a batch already in it and the only way a new batch could be made was a supervisor actually unlocking it. An they also got smart and actually put temporary labels on the tank with the product and batch number.

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    Back in my mainframing days, I had a different developer who had a lot of seniority and pull in my group. We had an if statement that we printed out in 10pt type, and hung it up on a six foot high cubicle. The single if statement went from the top of the cube to the floor then back to the top, rinse and repeat FOUR MORE TIMES. That's 36 feet of ONE if statement.

    I had to make a change within the if statement and expressed concerns with having to modify it, and suggested retooling it to simplify it as much as possible, but was told there was no time nor budget to redo it (thanks to the other developer). I had to go ahead and modify it. On testing, we noticed a couple anomolies in our test cases, but didn't think it was important. Needless to say, we went live and within a day, we discovered that if statement change caused us to over pay claims to the customer in the excess of ONE MILLION DOLLARS! In ONE DAY! It ended up being a missing end if (gotta love COBOL)

    Needless to say, I got called to the carpet, but was able to get out of it because I had warned them ahead of time that I didn't feel comfortable to deal with that statement, but was overridden. That senior developer was then blessed to have to make ALL changes to that statement from that point forward......he wasn't too happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMaxwell View Post
    The single if statement went from the top of the cube to the floor then back to the top, rinse and repeat FOUR MORE TIMES. That's 36 feet of ONE if statement.
    Yikes. That's insane!

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    Got my folder names mixed up when cleaning out my computer, and I ended up deleting my website files..

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    Excel sheet did not auto save for some reason. Worked all day on it, computer froze...

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