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.
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