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    1. When an apology isn't enough, maybe you can apologize harder. If that won't work, give up. People who realize you were sincere, even if they're not the person who first took offense, will be mollified. Remember that a lot of people enjoy being offended and will not be enthused about an apology.
    2. If your goal is to be a productive member of a community, avoid its advocacy groups
    • Point #2 is profound.
      • It's sadly true. While it seems like, at first, it will be a fun place to hang out and talk about how you can show off your whiz-bang kit, it ends up being half self-congratulation and half abuse. What kind of hacker, at work, would say, "I have a break coming up. I think I will go hang out in the marketing department."? Then, what if the marketing department was made up entirely of people who were taking long breaks from coding?

        I'd rather talk about whiz-bang kit at the water cooler down in the coding
        • Indeed, unlike in my new office in my real life, where IT shares an open plan floor and shared break area with Promotions.

          How hanging out with PROFESSIONAL marketing/promotions chicks is a whole different story.