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Hostility actually affects people. Who knew? - Input Junkie
December 8th, 2016
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Hostility actually affects people. Who knew?
Article about hostile feedback having a dispiriting effect on open source developers.


The comments are the usual Team People Should Be Kinder vs.Team People Should Be Stronger. While I'm on the Be Kinder side, I don't expect either team to make a lot of progress. Also, I wonder what would happen if the Be Stronger team won-- would the world be a better place if people were unshameable?

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Date:December 8th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
If "shaming," in the sense of piling on of senseless hostility, had less effect on people, it would discourage the practice, so I think that would make the world a better place. But it's not likely that people's sensitivity to mass denunciation will change.
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Date:December 8th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
Since trying to make people not get so hostile at lousy software is an uphill battle, to say the least, might I suggest that it would be at least as feasible a solution to this problem for the software engineers to try writing better software in the first place?
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