Posted Jun 14, 2012 22:05 UTC (Thu) by bfields (subscriber, #19510)
In reply to: On mocking by hummassa
Parent article: On mocking
"OTOH, if someone can be easily shamed by flaws in their code, there is only two viable options: either the person deals with it or they cannot show their code to anyone"
I agree. "Your patch is fundamentally wrong, please don't submit it again" can be difficult to take if it's something you've put a lot of work into. But you do just have to learn to deal with that and move on.
On the other hand, I don't see the point of "Your patch is fundamentally wrong, and you're stupid".
Sometimes the latter is actually an attempt to be nice--to soften the blow by aiming for humor in overstatement. I think that often fails at both counts, neither softening the blow nor being particularly funny. (Though there are exceptions.)