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  • Who's at fault here? (Score:2, Informative)

    by hex (3272) on 2003.09.19 12:30 (#24349) Homepage Journal
    Here's a timeline:
    1. I write an Acme module.
    2. Randal decides that the instructions in the README aren't good enough for the world at large, and mails me to request I change the perfectly reasonable install process of my module.
    3. I give him a civil, unequivocal reply, refusing. (What's that? A civil reply? But Randal didn't post that [perlmonks.org]. Funny!)
    4. Randal refuses to take no for an answer and tries to be The Champion Of All CPAN Users.
    5. I detect a whiff of hypocrisy and post the now-famous reply back to him.
    6. Randal promptly posts it (which is odd, because I don't expect personal mail I send to be pasted into popular websites) on PerlMonks - thus implying that I told him to shove it right away, despite my first response having in reality been 100% polite, see link above - and attempts to use his status as a bigwig to bully me into changing my module.
    7. The overwhelming majority of PerlMonks commenters rally to my side, often pointing out that I'm quite within my rights to require Module::Build to install the module.

    I've now lost whatever vestige of respect I ever had left for Randal, who I now know to be a bully and a liar.

    • Since a couple of people have asked me: I think Randal should not have posted the correspondence. I also feel that instead of giving the reply that you did, you could have chosen not to respond or to have responded in a different manner. Admittedly, I sympathize with getting irritated and sending out an email that reflects that. However, when I've done that, if it has an effect at all it's usually bad. Now because of what you have written, some people will have a bad opinion of you (and some will think