Posted by Derick Bailey on December 14, 2012 - lostechies
I do my best to support the people that use my open source projects. I don’t always do things right, I don’t always respond in a timely manner. Sometimes I just have to walk away from an issue or request and let it die from lack of attention. But I do my best, and I take the time to provide meaningful answers whenever I can. I get a lot of “thank you!” notes from people because of this, and every now and then I get a comment like “best open source project leader, ever” or “you do so much more to help, than any other oss project leader i’ve dealt with.”
The first few times this happened, I was genuinely shocked. The next few times, I began to think “wow, I’m doing something great, here.” But then the last few times it happened, I started moving back in to “shocked”. I started wondering why people were reacting this way. Am I really doing something special? Am I going above & beyond? I don’t think I am… but maybe I am?(No, this is not a humble-brag. I’m making a point, here…)
A short time after I started asking these questions, I saw something on twitter, something clicked in my mind and I became very sad as I realized why people are reacting this way.
The Open Source “Elite” Are Immature Jerks
What I saw on twitter was yet another comment from an open source “elite” – a person of high visibility with a project that is well known by tens or hundreds of thousands of people – making fun of someone else trying to contribute. Again. And again. And again. Over and over. And it makes me very very sad.
The comments tend to be the same, no matter who the perpetrator is… “Stupid pull request of the day”, “WAT”, “What is this, I don’t even…”, “LOL”, and other phrases and words that basically say “look how stupid this person is. can you believe they would send in a pull request like that? HAHAHAHA! they’re so dumb! don’t they know that [arcane reason for the way things are]?” I can’t think of a better way to get people to stop contributing to open source projects. Seriously… there is nothing more demotivating and demoralizing than this kind of high-school-bully response. It needs to stop.Full blog