[llvm-dev] RFC: Second draft of an LLVM Community Code of Conduct

Joachim Durchholz via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Sun Oct 18 02:31:02 PDT 2015

Am 18.10.2015 um 05:24 schrieb Pasi Parviainen via llvm-dev:
> On 14.10.2015 23:36, Chandler Carruth via llvm-dev wrote:
>> * **Be careful in the words that you choose.** We are a community of
>>    professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to
>> others. Do
> What kind of professionals?

In this context, I interpret "professional" to mean "we take this 
seriously", not "we make a living off it" nor "we have taken an exam" 
(neither of which is actually required).

 > Professional boxers perhaps?

That's exaggerating the wording, trying to lead it ad absurdum; it's a 
direct rhethoric attack, so your opponent has to deal with the feeling 
of being attacked.
Also, it withholds the actual argument, so you're putting your opponent 
into an unclear situation, which causes stress.

That's a good tactics to derail an opponent, but not a good one to 
cooperate towards a common goal.

It's not a terribly damaging pattern, but it's one of the patterns that 
should be avoided. It's "unprofessional" in the sense that it distracts 
from the professional pursuit of building and improving one of the best 
compiler backends around.
Not that it's terribly damaging or anything, I'm certainly not telling 
off anybody for that! Only if they make a habit out of using it, that is.


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