Anti Pattern Template

This is a stab at a template for anti-patterns, similar to DesignPatternTemplate. It was factored from several of the more structured AntiPatterns. If something should be added or reworded, go ahead and do it. In particular, some of the slot descriptions could use amplification.

Every slot should contain accurate information and descriptions, except those explicitly marked "supposed". This should cut down on some of the confusion people have with AntiPatterns and which parts are good or bad.

Discussion about this template should probably go on AntiPatternTemplateDiscussion?, just so it's easier for users to cut and paste the template itself.

When the template has evolved to a stable state, it might make sense to go back and restructure existing AntiPatterns using it.


AntiPattern Name: [name]

Type: ''[Design | Organizational | ...]

Problem: [what you really want to solve; present a simple concrete example]

Context: [context]

Forces: [forces]

Supposed Solution: [the bad solution; explain in terms of your concrete example]

Resulting Context: [what happens when you apply it, good and bad]

Design Rationale: [rationale]

Related AntiPatterns:

Applicable Positive Patterns:

AntiPatternCategory: [classify it]

Also Known As: [other names]


Examples in the Literature:
Examples in Practice:
See BlindAlley
CategoryAntiPattern CategoryPatternForm

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