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When changing source code, developers sometimes update the associated comments of the code (a consistent update), while at other times they do not (an inconsistent update). Similarly, developers sometimes only update a comment without its associated code (an inconsistent update). The relationship of such comment update practices and software bugs has never been explored empirically. While some (in)consistent updates might be harmless, software engineering folklore warns of the risks ofdoi:10.1016/j.jss.2011.09.019 fatcat:twmshadrlnbrnfdi6itctmdlqm