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July 9, 2004

Screw You Too, Thanks! :-)

I received an e-mail message today tied to a bug report. In a previous life, I was a developer with a particular Linux distributor. What I was maintaining is dead now, and I've remained distant from that distributor for political and pragmatic reasons.

Users were part of the decision to fade away, as was the organization itself.

The "users were part of it" is my important point for the moment because this particular bug report is quite charming. Apparently asking nicely for someone volunteering their time to do something is a lost skill.

"Fix it, dammit!"

Yes. I'll respond really well to that. Nothing makes me want to spend my time doing something for you than "fix it, dammit".

The bastard in me would love to respond individually to that user with an e-mail simply stating "build it yourself, dammit," but I try not to be an asshole.

Please, people, if you need something, don't be an ass about it.

Posted by Colin at July 9, 2004 2:42 PM

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