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  • by jdavidb (1361) on 2008.05.14 13:02 (#62858) Homepage Journal

    I'm particularly annoyed by the phrase "your demand to be paid (in jest I hope)." No, it's not in jest! If you want something done, you assume the burden of getting it done! We are not a commune; your goals are not identical to mine. Sometimes we can benefit each other by working together. Sometimes the benefits are nonmonetary and this happens quite naturally. Other times the only way for us both to benefit from cooperation is for one of us to provide the benefit to the other in the form of some kind of compensation.

    Look, I don't donate any time to making Perl software work on Windows. I don't donate any time to making Perl software work on UNIX, either. Generally speaking, I don't donate any of my time to open source projects any more, except when it benefits me. How come nobody berates me? How come nobody berates non-programmers for not learning programming and contributing their time to making all software work on Windows? If it's okay for all of the rest of us to forbear, it's okay for you, too.

    The full quote was "I believe your demand to be paid (in jest I hope) exactly illustrates the arrogance I spoke of when it comes to issues like this." Truly, the arrogance is obviously on the other end. What kind of arrogance must you have to assume that all people share your goals identically and should therefore work for you, unpaid?

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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
    • What kind of arrogance must you have to assume that all people share your goals identically and should therefore work for you, unpaid?

      American arrogance, fuck yeah!

      Wait... I missed the point, didn't I?

      • What kind of arrogance must you have to assume that all people share your goals identically and should therefore work for you, unpaid?

        American arrogance, fuck yeah!

        No, Americans are capitalists: we'll happily pay you. In USD, of course.

      • rotfl. Somehow I never got a message for this. Glad I came back and saw it.

        For the record, I think of it as socialist utopian arrogance, which I don't see as unique to America, although we have plenty of it.

        Remember, it's only wrong to use force to bring about your vision if you're one of the bad guys! :P :)

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