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Re: RE : Re: Files from gnulib

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: RE : Re: Files from gnulib
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:52:12 +0100

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> From: Leo <address@hidden>
>> Please don't take that personally.
> Everything is personal in this world.  People who don't take things
> personal are people you should stay away of.

On the contrary.
Projects can improve/evolve more rapidly when egos don't interfere.
I find that people get a lot more real work done when they do not
interpret constructive criticism of their code as a personal attack.
It can be challenging, esp. when problem reports and "suggestions"
are worded undiplomatically, but dissociating ego from code is well
worth the effort.  "Assume the best" is almost always a better policy
than assuming the worst, both for you and for the people you deal with.
And for "the code".

Imagine that you didn't have to worry about 8.3 and Paul did not have
to jump through its hoops...  How many bugs would you two have fixed with
the saved time?  How much new code would you have been able to write
without contributing to this email thread.

>> People are annoyed by 8+3 not by you
>> and we users value very much your tireless and long-term contribution to

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