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Little things that matter in language design
LinuxCon Japan: Making kernel developers less grumpy
Posted Jun 13, 2012 22:47 UTC (Wed) by nevets (subscriber, #11875)
But really, I've seen LKML actually become much more professional and less insulting. 8 years ago it was more vicious. I've seen people get insulted for no good reason, and the insults were quite nasty. Today, and even the example someone posted here, the insults come after a lot of back and forth where no progress is made, and the developer finally gets frustrated. You can even see the frustration in the insults.
Sometimes its just that the person on the other end isn't getting the point of the developer. Lots of miscommunication. That's natural. My point is that on the whole, kernel developers are pretty good to you if you just try to make an effort, and hide your ego. The last thing a developer wants is code coming from someone that says they know better than the developer. Sure, they may know more, but it works much better if you show them benchmarks and numbers to back your work, than just saying "I'm an expert in this".
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