Even if the reviewer provides helpful comments and points out things that you missed, those few words are the first thing you see about your patch. Part of me understands that these headlines are informative messages, that they are not judgements on me as a person, merely some sort of judgement on the patch that I have written. But the language doesn’t encourage that perspective. Permissions are not granted, entrance is not granted, your favorite show on television is canceled, and so forth. These are not heartening words: they are words that shut you out, that indicate your contribution was not desirable.
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