"Open source development is about communities as much as it is
about writing software. At their best, those communities can be
highly effective meritocracies, encouraging exceptional people to
produce exceptional code. More often, though, they can be
forbidding places for those who don't fit in. Ask the wrong
question in the wrong way, and the scorn will eat through your
screen like acid.
"There's nothing unique about this aspect of open source
development: any tight clique responds to outsiders in this
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