Respect (was Re: Roadmap proposal for 3.10/4.0)

Damien Cassou damien.cassou at
Wed Oct 18 18:21:16 UTC 2006

Hello Juan,

Juan Vuletich a écrit :
> Come on, folks,
> This mail is not only about Damien, but many others too.
> This is a request to anybody who considers himself a beginner or 
> newcomer, and sends lots of mail to the list.
> In this community we have lots of wise and knowledgeable people. Many 
> have PhDs or are active researchers. Many have been involved in the 
> development of Smalltalk systems for very long time. Many spent many 
> years using Smalltalk, reading and writing about it, and helping it evolve.
> This list is very friendly, and there is no censorship. So, please, have 
> some respect for others and before sending a request, ask yourself:
> - Do I have a clear idea of what we are talking about?
> - Do I understand how Squeak is dealing with that and why?
> - Do I know if most people here think differently and why?
> - Have I thought a bit about what I'm going to say?
> - Do I know how to do what I'm asking for?
> - Can I do it, as a collaboration to the project?
> - Can I, at least, offer some help?
> If the answer to some of this questions is NO, please consider reading 
> silently and learn.
> Or at least ask politely, instead of barking.
> Please keep in mind:
> The probability of we all being plain wrong for many years, waiting 
> specifically for you to finally enlighten us, is pretty small.
> Cheers,
> Juan Vuletich
> Hans-Martin Mosner wrote:
> ... a response that was too polite in my opinion
>> Damien Cassou schrieb:
> ... some naive ideas about complex numbers

I don't really understand why you are reacting like this. I never 
criticize other work, only give my opinion. In my mail, I was just 
trying to remember my math lessons and share them. Hans-Martin answered 
me and I perfectly understood his position and agreed.

In your opinion, people should only write a mail if they are 100% sure 
about what they want to write. I disagree. I think people learn better 
when they made mistakes and those mistakes get corrected by more 
experienced people.

Hans-Martin taught me something and it would not have been the case if I 
had stayed away from my keyboard.

Hope you will allow me to continue writing mails here.

Damien Cassou

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