The most important problem was omitted entirely - from article and you reasoning too
Posted Oct 4, 2007 18:06 UTC (Thu) by rickmoen
In reply to: The most important problem was omitted entirely - from article and you reasoning too
Parent article: Yet another male perspective on women in free software
Please pardon the interjection:
"khim's" quotation about hackers' tendency to be "hostile to people who seem to be unwilling to think or to do their own homework before asking questions" (taken from "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way") was one of my co-author Eric's, not one of mine, but if you read the surrounding passage, please note that "hostile" in this context denotes only either ignoring the question entirely or pointing out that it's poorly framed and unlikely to be fruitful.
Resulting feedback to one's badly framed query may be blunt and brusque to the point that it seems rude (and, hey, in all honesty, it might also be rude), but it's almost always an interpretation error to read it as personal hostility.
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