On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 07:12:37AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > > If Herbert's decision to quit the project is purely his prerogative,
> > > then you don't get to complain about it. You get to accept it. You
> > > get to argue why you think there are other decisions he could've made
> > > that would be better, and better for him not the project at that --
> > > if not so that he'd change his mind, so that others might not do the
> > > same thing. But you don't get to say "What a stunning example of "..or
> > > I quit!"" and imagine that's an insightful argument, or that you've
> > > claimed some moral highground that should protect from harassment.
> > I did neither, but that didn't stop you from flaming.
> Dude, if you want to question other people's actions, you need to expect
> your own to be questioned likewise.
> Quitting is Herbert's prerogative, and his ability to resign for whatever
> reason he thinks is appropriate is an essential part of the character of
> the project. That you think it's appropriate to mock Herbert for that,
> but inappropriate to question what you're trying to achieve in making
> fun of him of his leaving is disappointing, that you think any of this
> has been "flaming" is just silly.
Looking back at the thread, your primary question was indeed "why?", but
then Ben's post threw us off track with that round of semantic nitpicking
the end result of which I can't honestly qualify as anything other than a
Anyway, the best answer I can give to that question is that I give special
attention to the virtue of dilligence (mostly because I lack it :) and that
I don't have good experiences with people who are inclined to quit (mostly
myself :) and people who are entrenched nationalists (again something I
could well be, except that I try not to). Xu's work seemed to be a constant
despite any other controversy surrounding it, but then he completely turned
the tables (in my book at least) and ceased it, did it rather unaffected by
actual external forces, and for reasons that reek of nationalism. So I felt
disappointed, enough to feel a need to voice my disappointment. The reaction
doesn't really accomplish anything useful, but I just had to make it.
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