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We know that it makes no difference whether a resistor is placed "before" or "after" an LED in a circuit.

Is there a commonly used convention that encourages one or the other?

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Consider the possibility of a momentary short from one of the LED leads to ground (ground could be connected to the chassis)- perhaps it causes no problem if there is a remote resistor connected to Vdd but, if the LED is connected directly to Vdd, the short instantly destroys the LED. Or it shorts out the power supply.

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There may be other similar situations you can come up with. But really electrically it makes little or no difference one way or the other until you invoke such possibilities.

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