Mike Ault's thoughts on various topics, Oracle related and not. Note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are not contributing to the overall theme of the BLOG or are insulting or demeaning to anyone. The posts on this blog are provided “as is” with no warranties and confer no rights. The opinions expressed on this site are mine and mine alone, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Well, first, I believe people are entitled to their opinions.
Second, both of the above I consider to be friends. Where I come from you stand by your friends in public. Now in private I may tell them they are incorrect and suggest they alter their viewpoints, postings or papers, but not in a public forum where it could humiliate or embarrass them.
Others seem to enjoy laying about with wild abandon when someone is mistaken, falling all over each other like the spider creatures eating their wounded in the remake of "Lost In Space". They seem to enjoy laying scorn and abuse on others. This behavior is counter productive and leads to outright fear on the part of many neophytes about writing papers, posting answers or helping anyone anywhere online.
Of course the very folks that attack with guns blazing seem most upset when you fight back, rather like a school yard bully. They expect you to roll over and show your soft spots like a cur giving into a stronger dog. Sorry, can't do that, never did it, won't do it.
I will admit mistakes, and correct them when possible. I have done this in the past and will do it in the future. However I am a strong believer in positive feedback being more beneficial than negative feedback. I rarely listen to feedback that begins something like "You worthless git, your book/paper/presentation/tip is all bloody trash". However, I always open to "Mike, the tip is interesting, but here is a problem with what you have said", I may argue a bit, but I will listen and try to improve my knowledge and abilities. Be that as it may, you attack me in a public forum, I have no compunction about taking you to task over it, also in a public forum.
Anyway, enough rant.