in reply to Re: On human nature
in thread Get All Duplicated Elements in an Array (Once, without shifting)

merlyn is not only an adept writer, but that he also cares deeply about the subject matter.
I don't doubt this for a bit. In fact, I couldn't agree more. What I am questioning here is what management likes to call "soft skills". Communication when someone else is on the receiving end is different than putting knowledge on a piece of paper. Arguably, the latter is easier.

thor


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Re^3: On human nature
by initself (Monk) on Apr 29, 2006 at 01:37 UTC
    Applying 'soft skills' to matters of logic and efficiency doesn't seem to apply here. We are putting knowledge on paper! I'd rather demand clarity than worrying about users being politically correct.
Re^3: On human nature
by m.att (Pilgrim) on Apr 29, 2006 at 02:54 UTC
    What management likes to call 'soft skills' is what I like to call 'bullshit'... If you want to manage people, be my guest, but last I checked, management wasn't able to offer me any insight as to why my code wasn't working.

    The problem with people nowadays is that they're too sensitive to honest and insightful criticism. Sadly, the unwillingness to be open to unedited criticism is a leading contributing factor to ignorance. With that said, it should be noted that that's not what this thread is about at all.

    merlyn's post was a simple correction of incorrect code. Computers don't know anything about 'soft skills' so often there's a disconnect between what people intend and what they convey in their code. I personally appreciate it when someone points out an error that I either may have made inadvertently or that I simply didn't know was an error in the first place. I don't critique the way the error was made known to me, I just accept the fact that I made a mistake and learn from it. Perhaps you'd do better to do the same.

      Since the manner of presentation doesn't matter to you, the next time you make a mistake (and it will happen; you are not a computer), you'd be just as receptive to someone walking into your cube and yelling at the top of their lungs "YOU BLEW IT!" as you would to someone saying "Hey Matt...we need to talk"? I mean, it's all about the code, right? Before you call me out and say that that's not what merlyn did, yes...I know that. I'm exaggerating for a point.

      As geeks, we'd like to think that the people skills are irrelevant...that we are just as emotionless as the computers that do our work for us. Fortunately or no, that's not the way the real world works. Being nice really doesn't cost any more, but it sure does pay back a lot more in rewards. Bottom line: being an ass in this day and age is almost a conscious decision.

      thor

      The only easy day was yesterday