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  • Not to be too juvenile, but I'd have to say he started it. His first substantive comments are:

    "Wordpress can't process it's own RSS feeds" followed by "its nuts". That could be seen as a bit provocative, and is bound to get a bad response.

    The right way to do this would be to say something like ...

    "It seems like Wordpress can't process it's own RSS feeds", "I have a standard WP-MU install, and when I do X I get this error: ..."

    Straightforward description of the problem, with relevant details and an error mes

    • I agree with you. This guy got himself into trouble for wording things poorly (hint: don't use strong words if nobody on the channel knows you), and then he just dug himself in deeper. When you are new on an IRC channel and you don't understand someone's answer, google a little before you say "I don't get it". Also, don't invite people to taunt you, because they will do it if you ask them to!

      Finally, you have to realize what it's like to be on the developer side of things. Why should you answer someone'
      • I agree with you. This guy got himself into trouble for wording things poorly (hint: don't use strong words if nobody on the channel knows you),

        Hey, Ovid, I just wanted to come back and mention that as a result of this discussion, I reevaluated a non-technical online discussion that I had a couple of months ago and realized that I was at fault. It was just like jrockway says here: I showed up using strong words (not swearing or anything, but I was ranting, and I said so), and nobody knew me. They responded to my rant with anger, even though I wasn't ranting at them and expected sympathy. They bit my head off, misrepresented what I had said so that they could claim they got a particular negative reaction they had been expected, proclaimed themselves persecuted martyrs, and refused to listen while I tried to explain.

        They were in fact jerks, and to be honest, like a little child I fretted over that for a month or so. But thinking this discussion here over one day, I realized that the reason that conversation was unrecoverable was precisely what was described here: I started the conversation off on the wrong foot, and I have nobody but myself to blame for that.

        So, thanks, guys, for showing me my faults so I can be a little better. :)

        --
        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Yay. You may be better than me here. I'm still struggling with this :)

          • Who says I'm not struggling??
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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