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Journal of ewaters (5504)

Saturday June 07, 2008
11:36 AM

First result!

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It looks like a Google search for ewaters yields my profile first. Which is odd, but okay.

I doubt anyone will read this, but can I ask: am I an asshole?

I found a module via (my most frequently used website) and found it failed to build on one machine. I looked for bugs, found none, and so made a report of the build failure to the author via (I reported a bug). They got super pissy at me for not reading their POD, and not noticing that they hate and refuse to use it. They also got real snippy saying that there is no bug in their test suite, that it's a bug elsewhere (this build failed on an old machine so I wouldn't be surprised). But rather than resolving the bug and spending two sentences saying why it's not their problem, and where the problem is (to save future people who may do what I did), they called me an asshole.

Where did I go wrong?

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  • Authors are just a subset of people , some are awesome beyond belief but some a seriously sub par. Most are just average joes. Writing perl modules even good ones doesn't stop you being a prick.
  • You didn't do anything wrong. Sometimes people aren't very responsive. And as the other comment said, they're just people, and some are jerks.


  • Rather than bearing the cost of trying to persuade you to do things their way, many people will try to bring some sort of moral or psychological pressure to bear, for example, by implying that you have some moral failing for not doing things their way.

    If you want to report by RT, report by RT. If they don't want to look at it, they don't have to. Obviously they are looking at it, or they wouldn't have known to have bawled you out. So now that you know they aren't going to respond positively to RT, then

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers