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    Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!
    Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!

    • > Sometimes, when I start hanging out in a new IRC channel, or spend some time
      > with programmers I've only talked to on mailing lists, I hear people make new
      > cutting remarks about other widely respected programmers.

      It's not "Sometimes", consider it to be ALWAYS the case.

      > I'm usually a bit put off by nasty talk about anybody, especially people whose
      > work I respect.

      Same here. But it's probably because i'm too gentle. Here, we say: "Trop Bon, Trop Con!", which means (more or less) "Too gentle, Too Stupid!".

      > Then again, the criticism is often reasoned and makes me see people in a new
      > light that helps me more critically assess their work and their claims.

      Wouldn't you find it strange if someone didnt have any defects, flaws, faille?
      We're all humans, and it's a by-design feature not to be perfect. And "Sometimes" to be jealous, envious, mischievous. It's just one of our tool to have more sex, perhaps?

      > So, apart from the sort of general "don't be a jerk" advice that more people
      > should take more often (see Ovid's recent blog post), what I take away from this
      > experience is the lurking suspicion that somewhere there is a clique of people
      > who think that I suck. Of course, they might be right!

      They think it, you think it, and what the fuck? Who cares if you suck? Stay yourself, if you feel great that way... "Sometimes" it's better to be an annoying someone and be someone helping, than being a loved one, that just screw up everything.

      > I just wish they'd tell me. After all, if all correct and potentially
      > constructive criticism is kept secret, people aren't likely to improve.

      Peoples talking on your back don't want you to improve. They want other peoples to like them because they're able to spot your weak spots, and they think they're more valuable than you just for that. They're generally not worth it. Peoples that love you, will do talk to you. Listen to those who look about you. For the rest, just don't care, don't mind, don't even give a shit about those (sorry for the language).

      > So, it's okay. If I suck, you can tell me. Preferably, though, not by pointing
      > me at the blog post you've just written on the subject.

      You dont suck.

      Be Well.