Genius at work

Over the years there has been a lot of propaganda claiming that Google both creates the only working environment in which double-super-genius types can function at peak effectiveness and then goes out of its way to hire only double-super-geniuses to work in it. How, then, does this happen:
We periodically receive updates to that list [of malevolent sites] and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs.
This sort of thing happens because of bad processes. It doesn't matter how smart folks are, if they work in a bad way, poor results will ensue.

Of course, I don't know exactly what occurred, but I'll bet you a pound that one lone double-super-genius is left to make changes to this file by themselves. 

Update: Jonathan Wolter raises some questions about testing such changes.

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