[Noisebridge-discuss] "How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People"
asweigart at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 00:37:44 PST 2011
Patrick, I assure you that Josh is not "that guy".
On Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 10:57 PM, Patrick Keys <citizenkeys at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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."
>> 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:
>> 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.
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