People in my office seem to be obsessed with "best practices" lately -
a notion that seems a bit ethereal to me. After all, splash pages,
lead-based paint, burning witches, and other such concepts are now
obsolete (or at least frowned upon). In the past, I have tried to
steer people towards the idea that certain interfaces or features may
be a "standard practice," but I am wondering if patterns are now the
best evaluation tool.