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Re^12: The current state of Perl 6by chromatic (Archbishop)
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But how does your ratio of contributions to blog noise compare to that of....
A classic fallacy! For that to follow logically, you must assert that the abilities, interests, resources, talents, and opportunities of everyone mentioned are fungible. (You also have to assert that whatever I write that's "noise" to you is noise to other people, which is clearly not the case.)
Those people are actual contributors.
As am I. Feel free to download bleadperl from git and delete every commit to which I've contributed, for example. Good luck building it and getting it to pass tests. If you manage to get it to install, good luck installing CPAN modules.
Try that with Rakudo. Try that with Parrot.
Yet that doesn't matter! I have no need to defend myself against your silly allegation that I'm not an "actual" contributor, whatever that means (you throw phrases around as if they had meanings). Your argument would be petty, small-minded, and malicious even if I'd only contributed half or a quarter or a tenth of what I've contributed.
You have every right to persist in your campaign of complaining about people who volunteer their time and talents and energies and interests to making software a little bit better for other people to use, feel free -- but honestly, attitudes like yours are responsible for driving off a lot of great contributors. After all, why should I bother trying to make something if some sourpuss is going to follow me around on the Internet and complain that I'm doing exactly and precisely what he thinks I should be doing?
Perhaps you'd have a better chance of getting what you want if you practiced something a little bit closer to humility and gratitude. Certainly I'd take you a lot more seriously.