A Superstitious And Cowardly Lot

At some point, a friend of mine has noted, some people should just admit that they hate and fear all change. It turns out that’s just as and probably more true of my enterprise sysadmin colleagues than it is of anyone else, but it seems a little more awkwardly baroque coming from class of people who struggle to convey the elaborate technical justifications for their misguided superstitions with substandard language skills.

I wonder how many promising projects, ideas and even careers never got off the ground because it was just too soul-destroying to deal with all the people whose “contribution” consisted of “you may have overlooked all the reasons you suck, are ignorant and will fail.” It’s honestly enough to make me think Apple is actually doing this the right way, if for the wrong reasons. Open development gives an opportunity to a contributor and a soapbox to an asshole, and some days I’m not sure it’s a good trade.

That’s what killfiles are for, I guess. Honestly, every time I look at this Mozilla Enterprise mailing list, I spend a little more time thinking Kev is a superhero.


  1. Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    “Negative energy” sounds twee, but hey.

  2. mhoye
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    “Stop energy”, yeah. It’s a real thing.