I did an oopsie today. It wasn’t bad. It was really, really bad.

I was trying to figure out a “it doesn’t work on my end” problem on the live server and I accidentally ran a piece of code that blocked a few thousands of users from accessing the platform.

Luckily, we had backups in place and managed to reverse the changes. Everything is fine now.

Quick reminder.

You might think that it is a small change. That it would only affect a tiny segment of your system. A single user. Just for a few moments to check your theory. But there are no small changes when they are made directly on the live server.

My cowboy days are over. No matter the urgency of the request.