[Noisebridge-discuss] "How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People"

Patrick Keys citizenkeys at gmail.com
Sun Jan 2 22:57:40 PST 2011

Your post smells like a troll.

Asking everybody to create personal lists of people in "our community" 
that they will either read or consistently ignore seems very 
close-minded and childish.  Kinda defeats the purpose of a community, 
no? It's also unfortunate that you feel the need to develop a "personal 
coping strategy".

Simply put, I think you are "being that guy".


On 1/2/2011 9:50 PM, Josh Myer wrote:
> Interesting Google TechTalk from some key Subversion developers on their
> community management, and how to deal with "poisonous people."
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSFDm3UYkeE
> Everyone should go watch that, and, as they discuss key problems with
> Poisonous People, ask yourself, "Am I being That Guy?"  If your'e not,
> think of people who are; you're sure to find a handful of them in the
> projects you're a part of.
> Relatedly, it's worth mentioning the Five Geek Social Fallacies again:
> http://www.plausiblydeniable.com/opinion/gsf.html
> In particuarly, GSF#1: "Ostracizers are Evil," is appropriate here.
>   Poisonous people have to either work to get better or move on.  That's
> that.  We, as a community, need to be better about encouraging this kind
> of healthy reaction, instead of allowing our radical inclusivity to be
> used to allow abusive people to emotionally abuse our community.
> My personal coping strategy: there are a handful of people who, when
> they reply to an email thread, make that thread dead to me.  I'll read
> further replies from a small handful of people I trust to be really
> awesome, but, otherwise, I just ignore it. There are enough other
> reasonable people in the community; my particular input isn't unique nor
> necessary.  I encourage everyone else to take a minute and create their
> own list (I'm sure my name will grace a few), and try it for a while.
>   It makes the list a lot less irritating, and might be good for
> universal accord.
> --
> /jbm
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