Hey Willem,
I've also had to defend my stance on Python with Tom, and while I
understand the need for diplomacy, I think there's also something to
be said for mis-information. My Python response became necessary
because Tom was telling aspiring programmers that Python was not a
viable language. So much of his opinion was being stated as fact, and
those interested in learning were taking it as such. It's hard not to
be offended when, amongst a small community of developers, one of
those self-same developers feels the need to criticize his peers. It's
not like this market has much competition, after all.
Tom stated in his first response to Che that he doesn't understand why
people always mischaracterize what he says. If several people seem to
take his words in the wrong light, perhaps he needs to reflect on that
before getting upset at others for not understanding him.

On 7/20/11, Willem <dwill...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all.
> Firstly, a lot of this nonsense could have been avoided with a little
> common sense and a lot less self important attitudes. Yes, Thomas did
> not always express himself diplomaticly enough, but also some people
> needled him repeatedly until he snapped. Saying this, an opinion is just
> that, an opinion and thomas had no right forcing his on people.
>
> I think people like Che and to a lesser extend Jeremy were over
> sensitive about the whole vb issue. Unnecisary atacking of people won't
> change their mind and helps nothing in the end. Thomas's email was
> totally uncalled for too and was really childish, but he wasn't the only
> one.
>
> I hope we can all learn to ignore the people or opinions we don't like.
> If you can't convince someone with reason, nothing will change their
> mind. There is something like a block sender list, after all.
>
>
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