Posted Jun 18, 2012 11:48 UTC (Mon) by nix
In reply to: On meritocracy
Parent article: On mocking
In Linux development, some of Linus' harshest comments go to his most trusted lieutenants. this is the "you should have known better" or "I expected better from you" factor.
This is normally fine, and harmless. If you've known someone for a long time, you generally *can* get away with that sort of thing -- the only possible harm from this is people being driven away by watching it, and this is unlikely if (as generally happens) the lieutenant laughs it off (modulo only language problems that may make that sort of implication hard for the third party to make).
The worrying thing is when people extend that treatment to people they haven't known for a long time. This is much less common on l-k than it was -- l-k is getting better -- and l-k is definitely not the worst place in the free software community for that sort of thing. It's just the largest and most visible.
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