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Monday August 01, 2005
07:34 PM

Today on Gossip Central

[ #26025 ]

I'm faced with quite a dilemma at the moment. There seems to be lots of misinformation going around, apparently mixed with a heady dose of outright lies.

On the one hand, I'd like to try to clear it all up (even though, really, I know that the world doesn't work that way, and that I wouldn't actually be able to).

On the other hand, though, to even try to do so would involve violating two principles I believe in:

1) Don't publicise disputes whilst you're trying to resolve them.

2) Don't publish private emails.

Even though some people seem to not believe in these principles, or at least don't follow them, for now I'm going to stick by them.

The complete disregard for number 2 in many quarters makes it difficult for me to even chat to people privately about a lot of these things at the moment.

So, for now at least, it looks like everyone will just have to choose whether or not to believe the gossip. And I'll just have to continue to be surprised at some of the people who do.

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  • If you're talking about me, you have my permission to publish any private correspondence I've sent to you on this matter.
  • Hi Tony, As a cdbi user and writer/maintainer of a bunch of CDBI related/using packages I have to say this whole thing has me worried. If you are planning to resolve the worst issues and that things should blow over soon that would be good news. If you are creating new problems, then that would be bad news. From everything I've seen (mostly because of your near-silence on the issues) I fear it is more the latter than the former. I'm afraid that a dignified silence hasn't helped matters at all, which is
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    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
  • Personally, I've got one issue, and if you'd like to clear it up, that'd be great, but if not, that's your prerogative. Certain people are saying that you threatened to sue use Perl because of certain things that were said on it.

    Now that's entirely inappropriate, because use Perl does not exert any control over the content created by its users. I don't know if there have been any submissions on the subject, but you will note that not a single front page article about the tussle has occured. You should

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • So, for now at least, it looks like everyone will just have to choose whether or not to believe the gossip. And I'll just have to continue to be surprised at some of the people who do.

    If you choose not to say anything, people will gravitate towards believing the "gossip". That is human nature. So you shouldn't be surprised by anything that is said or written on the subject if you choose not to present your side and/or make a statement on the current circumstances.