Joel On Software quote

J. Paul Reed preed at
Thu Sep 9 18:21:48 UTC 2004

On 09 Sep 2004 at 10:43:20, timeless arranged the bits on my disk to say:

> Gervase Markham wrote:
> >Joel believes that cutting down quoting, rather than encouraging it, 
> >is good social interface design :-)
> i'm not always a fan of joel's, but in this case i have to agree.
> Christopher Hicks wrote:
> >Joel is always right for Joel's Universe and Joel is certainly good food 
> >for thought in other universes, but in this case the food leaves me 
> >feeling a bit ill. 
> the use of quoting @bmo makes me feel more than a bit ill.
> >In the Chicks Universe where I live having people 
> >clued enough to quote makes problems like chat spam nearly nonexistant 
> >and certainly not enough of an issue that anyone has complained in ages. 
> you don't live in my real world. i'll gladly forward the quote garbage 
> from my inbox. it's a flood so believe me you should decline my offer.
> all garbage is certified as having come from bugzilla-daemon at

Am I the only one who finds it amusing that you selectively (and
appropriately) quoted the relevant material?

You know... so you could respond to it and we'd know what the hell you're
talking about?

(Yes, you can ignore the irony that I quoted way more material than I was
responding to... but I did it on purpose to show the usefulness of your
quoting. You would've had to have written two emails to make it entirely
clear what you were responding to; alternatively, you could've gone the
attribution route, but that can become a huge problem when discussions
become heated.)

As Chicks said, Joel *always* provides food for thought. Unfortunately,
Joel also always thinks Joel's right (huh.... that's a familiar observed
trait). And Joel isn't always right, because Joel doesn't always have all
of the requirements.

"Because Joel said we should" is a really bad reason to do anything.

J. Paul Reed -- 0xDF8708F8 || preed at ||
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