Posted Jun 14, 2012 13:19 UTC (Thu) by k3ninho (subscriber, #50375)
Parent article: On mocking
Playful teasing is also regarded as a sign that someone is properly a member of the group - you know that trash-talking that goes on between compuet games players and sports competitors? That's a positive use of mocking to let people know that they're valued.
The issue of smack talk being unprofessional is interesting. In the hacker circles of Unix's past, the desire to show your technical skills with a good patch was completely balance by a flaming if you got it completely wrong. That culture helped people raise up the quality of their work - both to show of technical prowess and to become part of the community valued to the point that they are mocked. There's a USA-nian view of what it is to act professionally which would object to that, but the raw fact remains that even within that professional culture, the in-group playful teasing still happens, in its own way.