Download Day is Awesome

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Today I ran into an interesting response to Paul‘s post on those who dislike the awesome bar (which I decided not to link to).  The post pulls the following quote from the end of Paul’s well thought-out and harmless article:

So just give it a shot and quit complaining. Yes, it is a complete paradigm shift. But it’s not called the Awesome Bar for nothing; it really is awesome once you give it a chance

And proceeded to call Paul an “asshat” and a “discredit to the Mozilla community”.  Really?  One sentence saying “give it a chance” and all of a sudden Paul’s an asshat?

Normally I would ignore this and chalk it up to people seeking out drama for the sake of snagging pageviews, but it made me realize that most media does this.  The Firefox 3 launch was absolutely amazing: we had 8 million people download our software in 24 hours, 12 million in 48.  It’s unreal!  Yet I’ve seen dozens of posts and articles talking about a minor outage and “howls of derision across the blogosphere”.  Are people that desperate for a negative angle to a story?  I’ve yet to hear one negative comment from people in person (granted, I see a lot of Mozilla employees, but I still see/talk to other non-Moz folk).  The execution had a few hiccups, but the overall project went amazingly well.

This is why I like sites like Hacker News.  The community discourages blowing things out of proportion.  For example, I recently commented on a post entitled Firefox 3 smart bar is just too smart, and it led to an intelligent discussion about the merits of the bar.  My post said basically the same thing as Paul’s, but there’s less hostility towards differing opinions, and it results in the ability to actually discuss things instead of pointless name-calling.

So the next time you’re writing a blog post focusing on a tiny negative aspect of a project, think about the big picture, and if it really matters, or is just a rant to spread negative views that only benefit your pageview count.

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2 Responses to “Download Day is Awesome”

  1. BostonPeng says:

    Once again you misread what I was saying. I wasn’t criticizing his advice to give it a chance, I was objecting to his “So just give it a shot and quit complaining.” I’ve been using Firefox 3 and the Smart Location bar since early betas and I have given it a chance. What I object to is the common belief that simply because I don’t enjoy what he and so many others love we’re supposedly mentally deficient.

    My sister said I have one problem: I call things as I see them. I don’t sugar coat them, and I hate being “politically correct.” My post was a response to yet one more people acting like people who dislike the Smart Location Bar (I can’t even bring myself to call it by it’s unfortunately popular name) as if we’re mentally deficient, and I believe anyone who takes that attitude is, in fact, wearing their buttocks for a hat.

    I’ve tried being nice, polite and understanding, yet I see the opposite in return in way too many posts on way too many sites. And no, I’m not at all sorry for my choice of words, there or in any similar post.

    (Feel free to remove my post if you wish, but it will not reflect favorably on you if this sentence is the only one deleted.)

  2. Brian says:

    Why would I modify a comment, this is a civil discussion, I see no reason to censor it (I only would for some massively offensive comment).

    My issue with your post in particular is that calling someone an asshat in response to one sentence of a post is incredibly immature. Netiquette dictates that you should assume one has good intentions when it is open to interpretation, which is very much was in this case.

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