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  • This is exactly the point I don't write in forums, communities, do lectures on programming to a large crowd or engage in conversation with fellow programmers outside my work or social circle (which has about 2 programmers).

    It sounds like your frustration here is that other people disagree with you about what you have to say and why you did what you did. I understand exactly how you feel. It can be frustrating to feel misunderstood or be told "That's not the right thing to do."

    That sort of pushback is part of life in general, and in saying something to the crowd in particular. Not everyone will agree with you. No matter how brilliant your message is, someone's going to not like it. And that's OK.

    It's OK for two reasons. First, it's just statistically the way it is. There is no chance that everyone will agree with you, so you'll have to accept that as the way it is. Second, and more importantly, maybe their disagreement with you can teach you something. It's possible that you're wrong about part of your message, for one. It's also possible that you didn't tell your message as well as you could have. Instead of thinking "Boy, is that guy stupid, he didn't get what I was saying," you may want to look at what his response is and think "Maybe I didn't explain this part so well, and I'll fix it next time I give this talk."

    I haven't seen the blog post you're referring to, and I'm not at all condoning rude, cruel or insulting comments. However, if your detractor's comments were effectively "I disagree with what he said," then learn from them if you can, and carry on your work. I'm glad you put your slides up, the message in them is good, and I'd hate for you to give up on that. The Perl community is improved by work such as yours.



    • Thank you for the kind words, and as usual, you're right, and I intend to try and let comments enrich and improve me next time than raise my frustration. Again, thank you.