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Illuminata: Open Source Incivility

Apr 26, 2004, 23:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gordon Haff)

"Some of the most influential members of the Open Source community have always been belligerent. Those questioning the purity and superiority of Open Source are commonly abused by the movement's alpha geeks, causing many who admired their accomplishments to deplore their behavior. Sure, plenty of other developers speak their mind without much sugar-coating; many are eccentric, acerbic, or anti-social; that's the way of the clan. But for the most part, discussions remain in the realm of reason, rather than invective (notwithstanding often abrupt responses to 'stupid' newbie questions, or even the occasional Usenet 'flame war')..."

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