Romano's 10th Law states:
Every computer science statement formulated as a rule risks getting wide acceptance as long as it is controversial enough and presented on an ordinal form.
It is followed by the devCatharsis corollary:
Talking about something that maters and coming from a trusted authority may help.
Oops, their goes Romano's 10th Law wide acceptance :) So what about the preceding 9? Well, they just doesn't exist. I'm following a trend started by Philip Greenspun on his Greenspun's 10th Law. The law states:
Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.
When asked about the preceding 9 laws, Greenspun answered:
Sorry, Han-Wen, but there aren't 9 preceding laws. I was just trying to give the rule a memorable name. [...] I have only a dim recollection of writing this originally. [...] It is ironic that this will, after my death, probably be the one thing that anyone remembers from my writing.
So we are all reading and writing about a 10th Law that doesn't have 9 preceding ones on which the author had a limited recollection and had to google for the original content... and it is okay: it is still a great rule from someone that doesn't feel like belonging in the pantheon of Lisp Gods, but clearly belongs in the pantheon of great statements :)