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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Tuesday August 16, 2005
05:43 PM

Face to Face

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Sometimes I wonder if programmers should go to conventions not so they can learn new technical skills, but new people skills. I strongly suspect that people will be less inclined to be obnoxious online to someone they can put a face to rather some anonymous entity inadvertently taunting them from afar.

Regarding those who can be obnoxious, I include myself. I try very hard to be civil and I know people appreciate it but I know that I can sometimes let emotions get the best of me. I feel bad when this happens.

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  • Another is just to have some shred of common decency towards a fellow man or woman. That goes a loooong way.
  • Indeed. I started putting author pictures in TPR for just that reason. It's not that people were sending me hate mail or anything, but a lot of people responded positively to the extra human touch. (That, along with using real names, is really important to people outside the "community").

    When I was running a compnay in new york, I found stock photos of women to put next to our customer service people who handled problems through email. They operated under pseudonyms (nicks, handles, whatever) and were mostl
    • Along with that, I've been cultivating a "brian is a dumbass" sorta attitude because I noticed that newbies were sorta reticent to call me on things, or suggest changes to a module, and so on.

      I want to say, first of all, that you are not doing a good job getting us newbies to think you are a "dumbass". Second of all, I think there is this air of untouchability about the "famous" in the Perl circles. I have found though, that when I do interact with the Perl big wigs, hey are a great bunch of people.


      • I think there is this air of untouchability about the "famous" in the Perl circles.

        Pick a subject you know well. Go back and read about its earliest practicioners. If the subject is old enough you will find, without exception, brilliant people, highly regarded by their peers, making what we today would consider dumbass mistakes. Computer programming -- and computer science in general -- is a very young field. Everyone is making dumbass mistakes. One day, far in the future, college professors will s