Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"?

Randy Presuhn <randy_presuhn@alumni.stanford.edu> Mon, 19 April 2021 17:30 UTC

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Subject: Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"?
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Hi -

On 2021-04-19 9:35 AM, Dave Cridland wrote:
...
> Radical thought: What if explaining in detail why a proposal is a Bad 
> Idea *is* useful work?
> 
> What if it might bring new people in to provide new insight? That 
> strikes me as very useful work indeed.

Agree.  But that requires careful listening to their ideas, as well
as a willingness to examine dogma.

Too often, the ideas aren't actually bad, but rather are at odds with
some relatively arbitrary choice a WG has made in the past, and that
decision has since ossified into an article of faith.  Consciously or
unconsciously, there seems to be reluctance to admit that an
original choice might in any way have been arbitrary or unconsidered,
much less admit that it may have with time proven to be suboptimal,
even as protocols are pressed to handle situations well outside their
original design parameters.  Perhaps it's just human nature to be
unwilling to admit that one's beautiful baby has developed
into an ugly juvenile delinquent, as much as we might love that
delinquent and in any case be stuck with them.

This is where diplomacy comes in: there's a big difference between
admitting that an idea might be a good one, but has come at the wrong
time, and just snarling "Bad Idea" or doing the "bzzzt, thank you for
playing" that I remember ADs and WG chairs using to squelch discussion.

Randy