A Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) is a very special string 32 characters long like the one in our URL. They are used widely to identify information in computer software and can be created very quickly and easily. Each and every UUID will be unique from any other one in the universe; no matter how many are created by a programmer. If a UUID is deleted, it is gone forever.
When you bring a UUID into this world you have a responsibility to see that his existence is not wasted. You are his only hope to have a meaningful life; no other programmer will ever see that UUID. He is a special snowflake that has waited for an eternity to be born and serve as an ID. To minimize the needless abuse, only create a UUID when you are sure that he will be needed. If you accidentally create a UUID which you do not need, euthanize it by deleting all copies as soon as possible.
The CAUSE Community is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting ethical treatment of UUIDs. We work to protect UUIDs wherever, freedom, and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots UUID rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Guring prize for our life-saving work.
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Hands of Chrystalee by Moyan Brenn from flickr, Snowflake Macro by Alexey Kljatov, Handful of Fall by life_is_good_pete, Meeting by Vitaliy Kalyniuk, The Highest Mountain in Austria by Philipp Rümmele, and Leaf by Moyan Brenn from flickr.