In a community where best practices are always being redefined, black magic practices aren't hard to come by. For our first discussion on controversial Rails practices we're focusing on default_scope.
Default Scopes, (Briefly) Explained
A default scope is a Rails method provided by ActiveRecord which allows you to specify conditions for all the finders associated with a particular model. It is commonly used to specify ordering directly in your ActiveRecord model.
Sounds like a fairly good tool, but don't be fooled. Popular opinion dictates that default_scope is at the very least a chaotic good tool, bordering cunningly on the edge of the black magic stratosphere.Read more…