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  • by loader (8484) on 2008.02.21 4:05 (#61192)
    as apparently the only other person here that actually witnessed the event, I think a few comments are in order:

    that person actually tried to make a compliment to jonathan because jonathan was quite agitated by the amount of perl6 criticism that was mentioned on the GPW. unfortunately, jonathan must have completely misunderstood that comment, and despite multiple attempts to calm him down (or to even find out what his problem was) and apologies by the person making the comment, he simply refused to talk about it and help clear up the problem.

    jonathan actually reacted with such force and venom that it was scary to look at the whole thing, his reaction certainly was completely out of proportion.

    the real sad thing is that so many people here actually jumped at that person without knowing him , his side of the story, or having heard any other evidence by attendents, even going so far as to refusing him access to the workshop or threatening with "actions", whatever that means.

    thats not a good behaviour from workshop organisers, who should be interested in calming down people over such an tiny problem as it was, instead of escalating the issue by uttering pointless threats.

    thats just as scary as jonathans overreaction: people, calm down, and jonathan, calm down as well, that guy didn't even intend to make you angry, all he wanted to do was to compliment you, however flawed his attempt might have been.

    • FWIW, this is actually close to what I'd guessed had happened when I heard about the story: that someone had made a joke, that that someone was German, and of course who understands German humor [] besides Germans? (Relax, I'm only joking.)
    • jonathan actually reacted with such force and venom

      Erm, huh? When the guy left technical topics and instead decided to make a comment about how he could just imagine me in bed with my (non-existent) wife and so forth, I just walked away and went back into the talks.

      I find it really, really hard to see how the remark could be taken as a compliment given the negativity of the rest of the conversation. But anyway, I'd rather just put the whole thing behind me, and would rather everyone else does the same