Do not write excuses for acting like an ass
Posted Jan 19, 2011 15:41 UTC (Wed) by farnz
In reply to: Do not write excuses for acting like an ass
Parent article: Upstreaming your code - a primer
You'd be surprised; I've worked with people who would consider kju's statement as written the height of rudeness (definitely worth trying to get someone fired over), because it's expressed as "you have done something that you should have known was wrong".
In a document discussing the process involved in upstreaming something, reminding people that they should try hard to not take offence is no bad thing; there are always people who will take offence where none was actually meant, whether because something was badly phrased, or because they're sensitive to particular triggers that the other party is unaware of.
This doesn't excuse people of their social responsibility to not cause offence whenever they reasonably can, but does explain why you must make excuses for rudeness in a document talking about how to interact with a community - you want to remind people who are only used to interacting with deferential colleagues who know what their triggers are that upstream doesn't know you personally, and that you are not yet a proven engineer to them, merely one more person with code.
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