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Re: sigh

From: Bruce Atherton <bruce_at_flair.law.ubc.ca>
Date: 2001-04-03 19:37:00 CEST

At 06:29 PM 03/04/2001 +0200, RADICS Peter wrote:
>hrmp. this is really a sad thing to say, since I haven't sent any
>patches/real contribution yet, so this implies to me as well, but I'm
>+1 now on making the list read-only for the "public", and keep it for
>the communication for the core-team. thanks eric at all. great help,
>really :[
>
>also pissed,
>mitch

Allow me to add a -1.

Yes, watching people fight is unpleasant for all of us. Yes, it is
inconsiderate of the combatants not to consider this collateral damage,
especially when they continue after being politely told to knock it off.

However, such occurrences are rare. What is far from rare is a contribution
to a Subversion-specific discussion from someone that doesn't contribute
code regularly. Even someone who doesn't know what is going on and asks
questions can help the hard-core developers better understand what they are
doing.

I feel that the benefits far outweigh the costs. Not only that but this is,
generally speaking, a self-correcting phenomenon. Groups develop social
norms that they are comfortable with, and those that go against those norms
soon either adjust their behaviors to meet those norms, or they start
feeling uncomfortable enough to go away. In this case, I'm hoping for the
former because I appreciate the contributions of each person. But either
way, the social norms will prevail, and it would be sad to lose permanent
benefits because of short-term problems.
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:27 2006

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