A Programmer Life | users think it was gathering information instead of fixing the true problem.

I am not a programmer at all, but i once had to use a scripting program to automate a task at work. My co-workers complained that they did not know how much was left and wanted a bar.

So, I added a loading bar that automatically started at 30%, and then every 5 seconds split the remaining % and added it on (capping at 99% until done). So: 30% , 65% (100-30=70; 70/2=35;30% (original) + 35%=65%), 82%,91%, 96%,98%,99%.99%... After that they loved it. Idiots.