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

Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com> Mon, 19 April 2021 15:24 UTC

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Subject: Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"?
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On 4/19/21 11:16 AM, Leif Johansson wrote:

>> That way, they can learn to snarl like the rest of us :)
>>
>> Keith
> Or we assign tasks to old-timers so they can learn not to.

In other words, they can spend all of their time politely explaining in 
detail why proposals are Bad Ideas, instead of getting useful work done.

Old-timers snarl, at least in part, because they've been through all of 
it before, and they would rather work on trying to improve potentially 
promising ideas than defeating Bad Ideas.   Snarling is one version of 
conservation of effort.

Like I said, we could probably improve on how we do it.   But 
fundamentally, being able to reject Bad Ideas without spending a lot of 
effort doing so is a necessary skill.

Keith