Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

May 18, 2003

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Reading the Slashdot comments on Mozilla Firebird 0.6 and the Mozillazine comments on the same, I am struck by the number of conversations which look like this:

Person trying Mozilla Firebird 0.6: "This, this, and this seem to be problem areas that could use some work."

Mozilla Firebird 0.6 user: "If you don't like it, don't use it! We don't need your stinkin' kind around here!" (I wish I were making this up, but this is nearly word-for-word what I've seen people post in reply to a number of comments.)

I asked one of these Mozilla Firebird users who this mythical "we" was that did not need to hear criticism, since he did not seem to be involved in the project in any visible way (as measured by CVS logs, Bugzilla activity, etc). His response, removing the profanity, personal attacks, and attempts to insult me, was that he was involved in "helping newbies install it" and "spreading the word".

I love his methods of spreading the word, and I'm sure that all the Mozilla Firebird front-end developers and all Mozilla back end developers are simply overjoyed to have such an effective group of advocates speaking for them in the first person plural.

Posted by bzbarsky at May 18, 2003 12:45 AM