"Dark Lego, show me the forbidden connection techniques":
a leaked PDF of a Lego internal corporate document describing "illegal" connections that must not be used in official kit-building instructions
Much has been written on the analogy between lego connections and programming language syntax; that would make this illegal connection PDF the equivalent of, like, undocumented compiler features or something.
@nindokag I thought the equivalent would be more like negative programming patterns: “but it works!”
“yes, for now, but for the happiness of children please don’t do it”
"...there is the potential for elements (and children) being stressed."
Does this also apply to programming?
This ever-evolving corporate language. :)
@nindokag A lot of these design restrictions seem to make sense from an engineering and Q&A perspective. They want to avoid unnecessary compression, tension, angles that prevent a proper fit, and ultimately part failure.
Nothing worse to a child than a lego piece that is broken.
@nindokag I have definitely done several of these things. Several others I now need to do ASAP.
(apologies for a slightly snarky answer, but): the fact that most lego sets *come with building instructions* seems to indicate the answer is "yes"
you're probably above-average in ability to intuit connections.
I know I used the "wedge a plate edge-ways between the rows of bumps" technique frequently as a kid, and didn't know it was stressing the plastic.
For me Lego bricks are just buildig bricks that i bought in neutral packages for prototyping purposes. So i have to say i dont know which instructions are sold with the kits for building specific models and how much fantasy and creativity the people who buy specific kits do have outside of them
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