Thank you for writing this, I have to see I agree completely. As a
mostly lurker on this list, I tend to skip any thread Felipe is
participating in, as it tends to quickly spiral out of control.

This is also the main reason for me not to actively participate a bit
more, I prefer reasonable discussions over fighting.

On ma, 2014-05-12 at 11:42 +0200, Michael Haggerty wrote:
> On 05/12/2014 01:34 AM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> > Recently Junio said he was willing to hear the opinion of other people
> > regarding the move from contrib to the core[1]. This move is already
> > under way, but suddenly Junio changed his mind.
> I agree with Junio.  There are good technical arguments for and against
> moving git-remote-hg out of contrib.  Those arguments were discussed at
> length and I think their weight is on the side of not moving it.  But
> there are two other (in my opinion, stronger) reasons for keeping
> git-remote-hg out of the core:
> 1. That subproject has not been maintained to the standards of the Git
> project; specifically, Git project standards include good commit
> messages and a willingness to engage with the community on a friendly
> and constructive way and to welcome feedback.  Because of your
> confrontational and nit-picking style, Felipe, many people who have
> tried to help you improve your work are rebuffed and end up giving up
> out of frustration or exhaustion.  Because of this, your commits do not
> benefit from the usual amount of help from the community and therefore
> their quality is not as high as required for commits to core Git.
> 2. Moving git-remote-hg into the core would require even *more* of your
> presence on the Git mailing list.  But your very presence is detrimental
> to the rest of the community.  You insult and frustrate people who are
> trying to help you.  You attribute malign motivations to people who are
> trying to be scrupulously fair.  You string out enormous threads of
> nit-picking, legalistic argumentativeness that have little to do with
> the real issues at hand.
> The last big "Felipe eruption" in the summer of 2013 caused an enormous
> amount of strife, wasted an inordinate amount of time of other community
> members, and caused at least one valued contributor to temporarily
> rage-quit the community.  That episode only ended when Junio asked you
> to leave the community [1], which, thankfully, you did for a while.
> After you left, the atmosphere of the mailing list soon returned to its
> usual friendly, collegial, and efficient norm.
> Recently you returned to the mailing list.  In my opinion everybody on
> the list, including especially Junio, interacted with you in a very
> polite and businesslike manner.  I believe you were given an honest
> chance at a fresh start in the community.  I wish you had taken it.  The
> Git project could really benefit from the help of a skilled and
> energetic developer like you!
> But it didn't take long before you started the same theatrics again.
> And now again, dealing with your caustic attitude is wasting an order of
> magnitude more time of the other core developers than your contributions
> could possibly bring in benefits.
> For me, the conclusion is unfortunate but clear: Felipe Contreras is (by
> far) a net liability to the Git project.  Specifically:
> * The Git project will progress faster without you because the other
>   contributors will have to waste less time dealing with your antics.
> * The Git community will grow faster without you, because your presence
>   will not cause existing contributors to withdraw and dissuade new
>   contributors from joining.
> * The community will be a lot more pleasant without you.
> Therefore, I am happy that you have apparently decided to split
> git-remote-hg into a separate project.  I wish you success with the
> project and I see no reason that it shouldn't continue to be successful.
>  But I am glad that I will not have to interact with you anymore.
> > [...] Does it make sense to you that
> > you get thrown in jail for a crime you haven't committed merely because
> > someone thinks it's likely you will?
> Being the leader of your own valuable open-source project is nothing
> like jail.  It is an opportunity for you to shine in an environment that
> is more suited to your personality.
> > Given the huge amount of work I've put in these remote helpers, and the
> > fact that Junio said since day 1 he wanted these in the core[5] (and I
> > was operating under that assumption), I think the demotion back to the
> > contrib area (and therefore out-of-tree) should be made carefully, and
> > not from one day to he next as it happened.
> None of the work was wasted.  git-remote-hg can live on.
> This email is written in sorrow, not in anger.  Felipe, you seem to have
> so much potential.  If you would put as much effort in conducting social
> interactions as you do in coding, the whole balance would change
> entirely, and any software project would be happy to have you.  With all
> my heart I truly wish you the best in your future endeavors.
> Michael
> [1] http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/227750

Dennis Kaarsemaker

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