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FOSS is a meritocracy, even if not everyone agrees on which merit is important.
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Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:40 UTC (Thu) by jlokier (guest, #52227)
By that definition, the latter class of people are superstars in less confrontational environments, and when we fail to make those environments, we are losing access to their potential.
Do you mean that a true superstar would transcend their environment and get on with what needs doing in _any_ environment? Certainly there's a type of person who does that.
But I suspect that many of the programmers we call superstars because they are outstandingly productive in competitive, harsh environments would fare quite badly in less confrontational, more polite environments - at least, until they'd had time to adjust their personality to suit.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:51 UTC (Thu) by Baylink (subscriber, #755)
Posted Jul 30, 2009 13:50 UTC (Thu) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
The super-star coder I've dealt with was, if anything, the reverse. They not only could get through tricky bugs quicker than others and get beautiful code written faster than others, but they also spent a lot of time on mentoring others. In short, they enhanced the productivity of the other coders around them.
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