Posted Jun 14, 2012 16:33 UTC (Thu) by JoeBuck
Parent article: On mocking
The level of mocking in the Linux community tends to discourage people from cultures where shame plays a large role. Compare the number of Asians (south or east) in proprietary software development, or those doing Linux ports that are never submitted upstream, to the number active in the open source community and you'll see clearly that there is a problem. Some of the same kernel developers who complain about all those little companies not working to upstream their code would shame those people so badly if they tried that many would feel compelled to leave the field altogether.
Well-run companies don't allow their employees to verbally brutalize their co-workers in the way that is common on the linux-kernel list, not because they are "politically correct" but because it hurts the bottom line to lose good people.
I've been around long enough not to be personally bothered, I have a thick skin. I take it as a badge of honor that Linus has personally insulted me more than once (in the GCC vs kernel wars). But by encouraging this style we sacrifice a number of good people who can't deal with it.
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