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One reason to avoid anthropomorphism is that it's tempting to use it to
cover weaknesses in understanding the subject matter.
For example, I could say
The system likes long passwords with letters and numbers.
Sounds more or less OK, nice and friendly-like. But does it mean that
you can't use other characters, or that they are ignored, or that
passwords must contain both? It may mean the writer doesn't know and
I use anthropomorphism, like the passive voice, as a red flag when I
edit my own work. Either might be appropriate, but it's worth taking
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