On being welcoming

Niels Möller nisse at lysator.liu.se
Fri Dec 18 15:51:19 UTC 2015

Mike Mohr <akihana at gmail.com> writes:

> I am a software engineer who works in Silicon Valley, and I cannot
> imagine working with someone who is frequently abrasive and disparaging.
> Such an individual would not last very long on my team.

I think it's a grand mistake to compare the social workings of a spare
time project with the relations within a professional development team.
In silicon valley or elsewhere.

I can only speak for myself, but I have pretty limited hacking time for
my spare-time projects. And when I get some quality time when I'm at my
best, and able to de some real hacking, I prefer doing the hacking.

Which means that responding on mailing lists is more often than not done
when I'm tired and likely to be more grumpy and less alert than usual.

At my day job, conditions are quite different. Email to my collegues can
usually get all care and attention they really need, and furthermore,
I'm usually not supporting end users.

(And discussions like these are also distractions from hacking, but
sure, they are sometimes necessary too).


Niels Möller. PGP-encrypted email is preferred. Keyid C0B98E26.
Internet email is subject to wholesale government surveillance.

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