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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Post-meritocracy

The Cancer that is Coraline is truly the Black Plague of technology. Now xit has authored a manifesto of post-meritocracy, complete with the core values and principles of xit's philosophy of mediocrity:
  • We do not believe that our value as human beings is intrinsically tied to our value as knowledge workers. Our professions do not define us; we are more than the work we do.
  • We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.
  • We can add the most value as professionals by drawing on the diversity of our identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Homogeneity is an antipattern.
  • We can be successful while leading rich, full lives. Our success and value is not dependent on exerting all of our energy on contributing to software.
  • We have the obligation to use our positions of privilege, however tenuous, to improve the lives of others.
  • We must make room for people who are not like us to enter our field and succeed there. This means not only inviting them in, but making sure that they are supported and empowered.
  • We have an ethical responsibility to refuse to work on software that will negatively impact the well-being of other people.
  • We acknowledge the value of non-technical contributors as equal to the value of technical contributors.
  • We understand that working in our field is a privilege, not a right. The negative impact of toxic people in the workplace or the larger community is not offset by their technical contributions.
  • We are devoted to practicing compassion and not contempt. We refuse to belittle other people because of their choices of tools, techniques, or languages.
  • The field of software development embraces technical change, and is made better by also accepting social change.
  • We strive to reflect our values in everything that we do. We recognize that values that are espoused but not practiced are not values at all.
It would be amusing if technical people began imposing this manifesto of mediocrity in non-technical areas. If interpersonal skills are as important as technical skills in the tech industry, are not technical skills as important as interpersonal skills in the service industry?

And given what we now know about social media causing depression, how can any ethical person work for either Facebook or Twitter?

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115 Comments:

Blogger #7139 November 27, 2018 5:04 AM  

“Cancer” Coraline is starting to sound like Antipope Frankie the Idiot. Pope Coraline l of the Holy Church of Mediocrity. Winning!

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj November 27, 2018 5:07 AM  

This manifesto is without merit.

Blogger artensoll November 27, 2018 5:19 AM  

"xit"

This is why I love it here.

Blogger Madame Ringading November 27, 2018 5:23 AM  

I couldn't help but read that as "zit", with all that implies.

Blogger My Dead Gramps November 27, 2018 5:30 AM  

"We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills."



Wouldn't bank on those either darling.

Blogger pdwalker November 27, 2018 5:41 AM  

Wow. That’s a manifesto of disaster. Anyone following this will not be able to produce anything of worth.

I think this can only “succeed” by infesting already successful hosts - and then the host will die.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 5:44 AM  

"xit".... is that pronounced "zit"?

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 5:46 AM  

"We do not believe that our value as human beings is intrinsically tied to our value as knowledge workers. Our professions do not define us; we are more than the work we do."

Translation -- "Won't somebody pay attention to my frequent participation in midnight sodomization games?"

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj November 27, 2018 6:05 AM  

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Blogger Trebor Nosemaj November 27, 2018 6:06 AM  

First Brexit, now Tecxit

Blogger Bastion Harm November 27, 2018 6:07 AM  

"We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills."

This could be....problematic.

After all, the very sort of spiritually and psychologically diseased people who push and pull for this kind of thing aren't exactly known for their interpersonal skills. Far from it, in fact.

Blogger stevo November 27, 2018 6:07 AM  

The worst part is when they sew buttons on their eyes

Blogger Mark Stoval November 27, 2018 6:08 AM  

The slow school kids in math are going to love this one. We just need to re-write it a bit and use "math" or "STEM' in place of "technical skills" in places to keep their interest long enough for them to read the whole thing.

On the other hand, we have someone who is finally honest enough to write out the "vision" of the "Social Justice Warrior" honestly. It is about time that we had their vision in writing.

Please note that "getting the job done" is not in their mission at all. The job might get done as an accidental by-product but the job at hand is not their main concern.

I have been re-reading Thomas Sowell's book "Cosmic Justice" and also many of his old columns. He has been begging us to leave blacks alone and stop "helping" with affirmative action, set asides, welfare, preferential treatment and all the rest for decades. If we had listened to him and cut off the giveaways we might not have reached this place we find ourselves.

This idea of letting everyone have a great job or huge welfare payments no matter who they are or who they have injured is just the sort of "vision" that has all the people of the shit-holes wanting to come to the USA.

Gimme-dat stuff! Gimme-dat now! Now Gimme-dat respect!

There is damn little left of western culture in the USA.

Blogger Longtime Lurker November 27, 2018 6:08 AM  

A self-organizing do not hire list. Post-meritocracy indeed.

Blogger Diogenes November 27, 2018 6:10 AM  

Is it just me or does that list of signatories to this paen to mediocrity serve a far more useful role as a blacklist than anything else?

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj November 27, 2018 6:23 AM  

Let's lance these puss filled Anti-Christs and Pope their Pius XIts

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 6:25 AM  

There must be a spiritual dimension to this, an evil not from this world, but aspiring to rule this world. No intelligent human being (even if otherwise a sociopath and tyrant) would like to live only amongst stupid ones. The Caesar in the Asterix comics hated being the only intelligent Roman.

Blogger Don't Call Me Len November 27, 2018 6:29 AM  

We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.

For a real fun time, let's apply this to the medical field: "Sure that nurse has killed a dozen people, but she knows all the juiciest gossip and always makes me laugh!"

Blogger James Dixon November 27, 2018 6:31 AM  

> We do not believe that our value as human beings is intrinsically tied to our value as knowledge workers. Our professions do not define us; we are more than the work we do.

Well, duh.

> We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.

Important in what sense? In a general sense of a well rounded individual? Sure. In getting your job done? Maybe not so much.

> We can add the most value as professionals by drawing on the diversity of our identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Except for political diversity, of course. That's verboten.

> Homogeneity is an antipattern.

Meredith says it must be using anti in the sense of opposed to. But even if we assume that, the sentence doesn't make any sense.

> We can be successful while leading rich, full lives.

We can, yes. You, not so much so.

> Our success and value is not dependent on exerting all of our energy on contributing to software.

I certainly hope that's true for you, as you have nothing to contribute.

> We have the obligation to use our positions of privilege, however tenuous, to improve the lives of others.

No, we don't. Speak for yourself.

> We must make room for people who are not like us to enter our field and succeed there. This means not only inviting them in, but making sure that they are supported and empowered.

Unless you're like Linus. Then you have to change to meet our demands.

> We have an ethical responsibility to refuse to work on software that will negatively impact the well-being of other people.

As long as you're willing to be fired for not doing so, sure.

> We acknowledge the value of non-technical contributors as equal to the value of technical contributors.

No, we don't. Again, speak for yourself.

> We understand that working in our field is a privilege, not a right.

No, it isn't. Being paid for doing so is.

> The negative impact of toxic people in the workplace or the larger community is not offset by their technical contributions.

But "toxic" people add diversity of "identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives."

> We are devoted to practicing compassion and not contempt.

Unless you're a white Christian male, of course.

> We refuse to belittle other people because of their choices of tools, techniques, or languages.

Unless those make them "toxic". Wasn't it Linus' language that made them so upset?

> The field of software development embraces technical change, and is made better by also accepting social change.

No, it isn't.

> We strive to reflect our values in everything that we do. We recognize that values that are espoused but not practiced are not values at all.

That "diversity" thing. Yeah, we're lying.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:37 AM  

@16

"Let's lance these puss filled Anti-Christs and Pope their Pius XIts"

That's closer than you might thing.

Before zits sex change, the author was the head cleric in his own satanic church.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:38 AM  

@17

"There must be a spiritual dimension to this, an evil not from this world, but aspiring to rule this world."

You are correct, sir. The oxygen-thieving waste of skin who wrote it used to be the leader of a Satanic church.

Blogger Dirtnapninja November 27, 2018 6:41 AM  

It basically wants a sinecure for being a trans.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:43 AM  

I think it's still upset that Google... yes, GOOGLE had it involuntarily committed to a psych ward for a 72-hour hold.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 6:43 AM  

"It basically wants a sinecure for being a trans."

It basically wants to be crowned mind control ruler of the world for sterilizing and mutilating itself.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 6:44 AM  

Google should have made it a 72 month hold.

Blogger Lazarus November 27, 2018 6:49 AM  

We do not believe that our value as worm food is intrinsically tied to our value as knowledge workers.

Blogger widlast washere November 27, 2018 6:52 AM  

Quick translation of each:
•We do not believe that our value as human beings is intrinsically tied to our value as knowledge workers. Our professions do not define us; we are more than the work we do.
- We refuse to measure ourselves by the quality of our work because we really aren't that good at what we do. We work because nobody else is willing to pay our way.

•We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.
- I can't code for shit, but I can gossip all day long.

•We can add the most value as professionals by drawing on the diversity of our identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Homogeneity is an antipattern.
- The more diverse losers we hire the less my personal ineptitude stands out. Kill whitey.

•We can be successful while leading rich, full lives. Our success and value is not dependent on exerting all of our energy on contributing to software.
- The company won't go belly up for a few more years so we might as well enjoy the ride.

•We have the obligation to use our positions of privilege, however tenuous, to improve the lives of others.
- While we're not doing our jobs we must stick to the narrative and spread it far and wide.

•We must make room for people who are not like us to enter our field and succeed there. This means not only inviting them in, but making sure that they are supported and empowered.
- We talk diversity but only hire and tolerate those EXACTLY like us. We are the Borg, you will be assimilated.

•We have an ethical responsibility to refuse to work on software that will negatively impact the well-being of other people.
- We won't do anything we don't want to do, regardless of whether that is what we were paid to do or not.

•We acknowledge the value of non-technical contributors as equal to the value of technical contributors.
- We must be polite to the cleaning staff.

•We understand that working in our field is a privilege, not a right. The negative impact of toxic people in the workplace or the larger community is not offset by their technical contributions.
- Anyone who doesn't follow the narrative is out.

•We are devoted to practicing compassion and not contempt. We refuse to belittle other people because of their choices of tools, techniques, or languages.
- Quality is not an issue, we don't produce any.

•The field of software development embraces technical change, and is made better by also accepting social change.
- The narrative comes first.

•We strive to reflect our values in everything that we do. We recognize that values that are espoused but not practiced are not values at all.
- Again, follow the narrative.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 7:01 AM  

"•We acknowledge the value of non-technical contributors as equal to the value of technical contributors.
- We must be polite to the cleaning staff."


The cleaning staff earn their pay. No, this is about respecting the SJW political officers who don't contribute jack.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 7:01 AM  

AKA human resources.

Blogger Mark Stoval November 27, 2018 7:04 AM  

But meritocracy has consistently shown itself to mainly benefit those with privilege, to the exclusion of underrepresented people in technology. The idea of merit is in fact never clearly defined; rather, it seems to be a form of recognition, an acknowledgement that “this person is valuable insofar as they are like me.”
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In this paragraph we see "privilege" is defined as being hardworking, skillful and motivated to get a job done.

The idea of merit is clearly defined despite the claim it is not. It is the ability to help to get the job done without being a disruption or impediment to others getting their job done.

This is a manifesto promoting the coming Idiocracy. And dummy me thought that movie was over the top when I saw it first run.

Blogger CoolHand November 27, 2018 7:05 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:...sterilizing itself.

At least this genetic aberration dead-ends.

Thank God for small mercies.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 7:06 AM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 7:07 AM  

@28

"The cleaning staff earn their pay. No, this is about respecting the SJW political officers who don't contribute jack."

.... and worthless cretins who go through ALL of the documentation, replacing any reference to master or slave in a "master / slave" arrangement with two other words which don't convey the idea nearly as well as the long-established and well-understood terminology.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 7:15 AM  

"This is a manifesto promoting the coming Idiocracy. And dummy me thought that movie was over the top when I saw it first run."

I didn't actually find much of it funny, because a lot of the world already looks exactly like that to me.

Fortunately, it can't get (quite) that far. The world will metaphorically (or not) burn the stupid out of us if the average IQ drops anywhere near that much.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 7:22 AM  

@15 Diogenes:

Is it just me or does that list of signatories to this paen to mediocrity serve a far more useful role as a blacklist than anything else?

Some people think it's No Accident that Patricia Torvalds, Linus' eldest daughter, is one of them.

Blogger Difster November 27, 2018 7:22 AM  

In the next step, xit will demand that contributors sign a "statement of faith" agreeing to the SJW narrative (of the moment) or they will be purged and blacklisted. This will not be an option.

Blogger Randomatos November 27, 2018 7:33 AM  

All I can think is "Please God, keep this manifesto of failure away from my Airmen."

Blogger pyrrhus November 27, 2018 7:33 AM  

So this isn't satire?

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 7:42 AM  

Please send the following text message to yourself a hundred times:

"I am stupid, and that makes me superior."

Spelling errors or missing the total of one hundred due to insufficient maths skills will not be penalized.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 7:44 AM  

Kill the counterrevolutionary intelligentsia.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 7:47 AM  

@38 pyrrhus:

So this isn't satire?

Coraline is now the most successful SJW in software, despite or perhaps because she came to prominence in her drive by shooting of the Opal project, she's managed to browbeat both the industry and the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities into using her Contributor Covenant, the most recent prominent "victory" being over the Linux kernel project. If you're putting together much of any sort of system with FOSS, it's very likely at least one of the parts will be covered by it.

Blogger Cloom November 27, 2018 7:49 AM  

These xit must be isolated in their own nation. We only work out our error, our original sin, with our own kind. The nation of xit it is.

Blogger Miguel November 27, 2018 7:52 AM  

What a useless manifesto.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 27, 2018 7:56 AM  

I glanced at this and the signatories, basically white shitlib virtue speak, so per usual white conservatives will run about with their asses on fire, making themselves targets. Xit is probably in pay from some mega corps, Xit and her signatories should fight mega corps especially if they are run by the glorious people of color.

Glorious People of Color need diversity.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 8:11 AM  

Who needs corporate bribery, when the author is already a Satan worshiper, and more than likely, demonically possessed.

Blogger Nate November 27, 2018 8:20 AM  

Like.. I can't code.. But like.. I want you to pay me to do like softwares. Because diversity.

Blogger Avalanche November 27, 2018 8:20 AM  

"We can be successful while leading rich, full lives. Our success and value is not dependent on exerting all of our energy on contributing to software."

My MOMMY loves me unconditionally; why don't YOUUUUU?

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 8:20 AM  

Good to know that He/She or whatever does not forget to take his/her pills:
"I have bipolar depression and was already in a bad place mentally, so I found myself feeling crushed and hopeless. In an attempt to deal with things I ended up taking a dangerously high dose of my anti-anxiety medication. When I reached out to my therapist for help, she recommended that I go to the emergency room. This was the start of an eight day ordeal involving involuntary commitment to a mental health facility."
From:
https://theothermccain.com/2018/05/30/coraline-ada-ehmke-transgender-feminist-satanic-sjw/

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 8:22 AM  

@45 Thanks for tipping me off about the satanism thing

Blogger Avalanche November 27, 2018 8:25 AM  

@16 "Let's lance these puss filled Anti-Christs and Pope their Pius XIts"

Lance? No, call in the doctors and EXCISE!

"All hands! On deck! Reaaaaaady SCALPELS!"

Blogger Avalanche November 27, 2018 8:27 AM  

@19 "> We can add the most value as professionals by drawing on the diversity of our identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Except for political diversity, of course. That's verboten."

"And, unless you're a White cisgender, hetero male. Didn't mean THOSE!"

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 8:31 AM  

@44 MantraMan:

I glanced at this and the signatories, basically white shitlib virtue speak, so per usual white conservatives will run about with their asses on fire, making themselves targets.

Don't think there have been any prominent conservatives in software for a long time, and much less prominent ones as conservatives, like Brendan Eich of JavaScript fame or infamy, have been getting purged for years now. Some number probably still consider themselves to be libertarians, but are keeping their mouths shut so they don't lose their jobs and careers.

Xit is probably in pay from some mega corps

No sign of that, xit has been able to find work at virtue signaling companies, although it never lasts long as the GitHub shows. Of course has a Patreon. Wouldn't be surprised if xit has a shakedown racket as well.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 27, 2018 8:36 AM  

True interpersonal skills are as important as technical skills unless you work completely alone.

The ability to communicate your idea to cow-orkers without pissing off everyone within ten miles relies on both knowing WTF you're talking about AND how to express it clearly, firmly, and tactfully.

They're two sides of the same coin.

Blogger tz November 27, 2018 8:45 AM  

Black Plague reaches black friday.

I'm away on Contract again so at a hotel. But one company has some useful stuff, and the new product RSS feed makes it easy to add the stuff to their cart. So the BF sale comes along, I carefully edit the cart even leaving in stuff I could get off Amazon for less and get free shipping then I checkout. I have a dozen different things and their site makes things difficult to recreate a cart or order. I complete the checkout, then an hour later the order is canceled because they've had fraud or something so they don't ship to hotels - not that anything came back wrong with the payment, they just don't ship to hotels.

Not reconstruct or rewind to the cart, not call me to make arrangments, not tell me before I check out that they will cancel the order if the billing and shipping are different or something.

The place is woman owned, and has lots of Native American, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Women in Stem etc. stories in the same feed, so it was SJW for a while but could still deal with orders to different places. (They even took bitcoin at one point).

The normal reaction should have been to hold the order, and contact me instead of all but accusing me of being a fraudster and canceling the order. Either I could give them the proof they need (not like they're engineers solving problems or anything, oh wait, that is the origin of the company!), or might figure out something else - I have some alternatives but if they canceled the hotel order, I'm not going to just spend hours trying different things until one gets through.

But they are converged now so don't care about the customers.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 27, 2018 8:46 AM  

There's the sticker, Ken. We all know what they actually mean is "submit to us" rather than actual interpersonal skills.

Blogger tz November 27, 2018 8:49 AM  

So is "Xit" a term for pimple, pimp, both, something else, or non-binary post structuralism?

Blogger SouthRon November 27, 2018 8:51 AM  

You’re all wrong. The Pinyin pronunciation of “xit” is “shit”.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 8:53 AM  

The Pinyin pronunciation of “xit” is “shit”.
And you should respect the wish of your co-worker to be called "xit".

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 27, 2018 9:04 AM  

He's gotten as far as he has because his message is so foreign to tech types that they can't even translate it and see the goals behind it. When they let projects adopt his file, their thinking is, "Does it affect the code? No? Fine, whatever, dude. Now go away." They believe in meritocracy like they believe in gravity, so someone railing against it looks about as threatening as someone trying to fly by flapping his arms.

Blogger James Dixon November 27, 2018 9:11 AM  

> So this isn't satire?

Oh, it is. It's not intended to be though.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey November 27, 2018 9:18 AM  

tz wrote:I complete the checkout, then an hour later the order is canceled because they've had fraud or something so they don't ship to hotels - not that anything came back wrong with the payment, they just don't ship to hotels.

That's par for the course. I have had the same experience before at times, order taken, things in the "Done Bucket!: --- Ooops, all undone! Many, many e-commerce companies will not ship to hotels, including some major ones. I went up the chain a bit at Newegg about this once after they really boned me. They absolutely will not do it. This is not a symptom of a female-led company, this is a broader phenom.

Blogger MendoScot November 27, 2018 9:35 AM  

Way to immanetize the idiocracy, Coraline!

Speaking of which, a bunch of feminist "theologians" are attempting to revive the Women's Bible.

The scholars also go to great lengths to place the texts in their historical context.

"We are fighting against a literal reading of the texts," Parmentier said, pointing for instance to letters sent by Saint Paul to nascent Christian communities.

Reading passages from those letters, which could easily be construed as radically anti-feminist, as instructions for how women should be treated today is insane, she said.

"It's like taking a letter someone sends to give advice as being valid for all eternity."


There's the problem, see? This whole patriarchal "valid for all eternity" shtick. Thanks, feminists!

Blogger Michael Maier November 27, 2018 9:36 AM  

I just.... cannot even.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 27, 2018 10:05 AM  

Trudat.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 27, 2018 10:08 AM  

I am unable to can, whether even or odd.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 10:18 AM  

Ken Prescott wrote:I am unable to can, whether even or odd.

This is exactly what it is meant to do to you.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 27, 2018 10:22 AM  

As a former friend said when we visited an exhibition of modern art and stood in front of some large mono-colored cube pretending to be a work of art: "I know it is not art, but it does something to you."

Blogger The Lab Manager November 27, 2018 10:24 AM  

I thought the link was a joke, but I guess that is not the case.

But who needs merit anyway when it comes to getting your very complex car fixed correctly the first time, or medical issues, or putting up bridges that will carry thousands of people ? 'Duh-versity' trumps everything.

Blogger Tars Tarkusz November 27, 2018 10:34 AM  

We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.

This is rich coming from these people. They are the biggest coward-bullies on the planet.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 27, 2018 10:36 AM  

The cleaning staff earn their pay. No, this is about respecting the SJW political officers who don't contribute jack.

Right, and also about making infiltration easier. It used to be that someone like Randi Harper had to actually write some code, futzing around with the FreeBSD installer for a few years, to gain enough status that she could start throwing her considerable weight around. Corey and his followers don't want to work even that hard. They want to volunteer for something like redesigning a new logo for the project web site, and be handed equal status to the core team so they can quickly insert their politics and move on to the next target.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 10:46 AM  

@70 Damelon Brinn:

It used to be that someone like Randi Harper had to actually write some code, futzing around with the FreeBSD installer for a few years, to gain enough status that she could start throwing her considerable weight around. Corey and his followers don't want to work even that hard. They want to volunteer for something like redesigning a new logo

That's probably true for most of Coraline's followers, but his tragedy is that unlike Randy Harper, who's so incompetent at programming that she used a database simply to implement a semaphore for the code of her widely used Twitter blocker, Coraline actually can program at some respectable level, but outside of those jobs that never last very long, no longer does very much. I've looked at some of his code on GitHub, it's in Ruby so I mostly can't understand it, but it had a good "smell", it was clearly the work of someone with basic competence at coding.

Blogger Warunicorn November 27, 2018 10:54 AM  

#7139 wrote:“Cancer” Coraline is starting to sound like Antipope Frankie the Idiot. Pope Coraline l of the Holy Church of Mediocrity. Winning!

I was about to post how this sounds like something that comes from a cult. It's good to know I'm not the only one that thinks that way.

Blogger Mr Darcy November 27, 2018 10:55 AM  

Dear God.

It's as though the whole world had been turned into a gigantic Unitarian Sunday School.

Blogger Spud November 27, 2018 10:58 AM  

This is why they hate Capitalism. With a Government job, you can be inept. In the corporate world you can not. They want to be lazy and contribute nothing, but be praised. They want to be software engineers that can not write basic code, physicists that can not grasp basic mathematics, and doctors that have little medical knowledge. Not only is this dangerous, but a pipe dream that can not and will not be able to sustain itself.

A lot of these SJWs are riding on the coattails of great programmers but once a new technology is discovered they will have to adapt or die... and they will die. If quantum computing because a reality, will they know how to upgrade their systems to transfer data through qubits? I highly doubt it, but a great team of programmers employed by their competition will.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 27, 2018 11:08 AM  

@71, I don't know Ruby so I can't judge his ability either, but it doesn't look like he wants to use it anymore. Part of the problem is that Patreon means a certain number of people can make a much better living by being pet freaks for the SJW crowd than they ever could at productive work.

Blogger kurt9 November 27, 2018 11:19 AM  

This post-meritocracy manifesto was helpful enough to provide us with a list of names of people to avoid when hiring someone to do programming work. Any company or open-source software project that has these kind of people working in it is going to fail because of the buggy software produced. So, if you have a software company and want to be successful, exclude these kind of people from your company or project, even if it means you have to relocate internationally to do so (e.g. Taiwan, Malaysia, etc.).

Since the competition is intent on self-neutralizing itself with these kind of post-merit idiots, I see HUGE opportunities for companies, and individuals, wanting to excel in this field.

Blogger Up from the pond November 27, 2018 11:26 AM  

Random #57 wrote:Some number probably still consider themselves to be libertarians, but are keeping their mouths shut so they don't lose their jobs and careers.

Maybe most of the original people were libertarians, in at least an implicit way. And libertarianism is laissez-faire. Leave it alone. Freedom. Let everyone do his or her thing. Don't judge, let's just code.

This IMO makes companies ripe for infiltration. Some moral judgments have to be made at the outset, and "competence good, incompetence bad" will only take you so far. It didn't prevent the rise of Coraline. It's a bad defense system. Like civic nationalism in regard to borders--or AIDS in regard to disease.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii November 27, 2018 11:35 AM  

Serial killers seem to avoid detection by getting along superficially with people. Interpersonal skills.

Blogger kurt9 November 27, 2018 11:36 AM  

We're having problems with Peachtree accounting software at my company, which is a very common occurrence. Could Peachtree software be written by these kind of "post-meritocracy" types?

Anonymous Anonymous November 27, 2018 11:54 AM  

It strikes me that this a great spot to do a pre-check for any folks attempting to join your organization for SJW leanings (well, fallings over in this case). Nice of them to provide a handy reference

Blogger JACIII November 27, 2018 12:08 PM  

That’s not a manifesto it’s a professional suicide pact.

Blogger English Tom November 27, 2018 12:16 PM  

I believe xit is a pet name some people call their cancer.

Blogger Tars Tarkusz November 27, 2018 12:28 PM  

MendoScot wrote:Speaking of which, a bunch of feminist "theologians" are attempting to revive the Women's Bible.

The Bible is for the glory and aggrandizement of God, not of "women." How can anyone who claims to be Christian tolerate such a thing?

Blogger James Pyrich November 27, 2018 12:32 PM  

Enter ye into the Middle Way... excellence will be punished severely.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 12:43 PM  

@76 kurt9:

This post-meritocracy manifesto was helpful enough to provide us with a list of names of people to avoid when hiring someone to do programming work. Any company or open-source software project that has these kind of people working in it is going to fail because of the buggy software produced.

You would think so, and it's probably almost always true in the long term, Corporate Cancer is no doubt going to say more about this, but the story can be more complex. GitHub infamously started getting converged in 2014 after an 8 year run, and recently even hired Coraline for a while, but produces a much less buggy service and I think product than competitor GitLab, with only a 3 year head start. This is more than "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.", you put the wrong people in charge of certain things and the end for a software company can be quite fast, for one providing a service, can happen in a second.

They even started with the same questionable technology stack, Ruby on Rails. Coraline's special SJW project was using Ruby, so they're still using it for at least lower intensity user interfaces.

(I say "questionable" since Ruby just doesn't scale. The barrier to entry in using Ruby on Rails is said to be low, so a lot of startups begin with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with Rails, and then if they become successful enough, like Twitter, their ability to replace most of that code base in part determines whether they'll survive.)

Blogger Lance E November 27, 2018 12:57 PM  

Isn't it funny how the biggest complaints about interpersonal skills being just as important as technical merit all seem to come from people who don't have much of either?

"The negative impact of toxic people in the workplace or the larger community is not offset by their technical contributions.

You don't say...

Blogger Unknown November 27, 2018 1:11 PM  

I certainly hope every signatory on that page gets added to the SJW list. Signing on to that drek is justification in and of itself.

--UnknownSailor--

Blogger camcleat November 27, 2018 1:21 PM  

@83

"The Bible is for the glory and aggrandizement of God, not of "women." How can anyone who claims to be Christian tolerate such a thing?"

Gammas participating in the Sacrament of Women on a Pedestal Virtue Signaling in the Great Modern Churchianity.

This kind of thing endures because there are grown men that say things like "If Momma ain't happy, no one is happy." When the message is an entire family's "happiness" rests on the feelings of one female person in the family, is it any wonder the women walk away thinking the Bible really is about Them-as-the-Divine?

Blogger camcleat November 27, 2018 1:26 PM  

@85

" but produces a much less buggy service and I think product than competitor GitLab, with only a 3 year head start."

I have one project on GitLab and none on GitHub. Admittedly a very lightweight and occasional user, I've had no problem with GitLab.

I specifically avoided GitHub due to convergence. GitLab has for me be well worth that.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 1:43 PM  

@86 Lance E:

You don't say:

"Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub", by Coraline Ada Ehmke, July 5, 2017.

"For my first few pull requests, I was getting feedback from literally dozens of engineers (all of whom were male) on other teams, nitpicking the code I had written."

"When I talked to my manager about how she was progressing, I was told to stop the formal mentoring and allow this person to "learn at her own pace, without any pressure from you." I was mystified: mentoring is an essential part of being a senior engineer, and this teammate seemed to be benefiting from it."

"The next day I got an urgent request for a call with my manager. She told me that the data scientist who had written the survey questions was very upset and had gone to her manager to complain about me. I asked my manager what had happened to upset her and was told that it was the feedback I provided on the gender question [limiting the options to "Male", "Female", and "Transgender" was a disappointing "101 mistake"]. [Coraline tries to dodge, in both real life and her account of it] but ... I was forbidden to interact any further with the author of the survey.

"This was the first instance of what came to be referred to as my "non-empathetic communication style"."

On the other hand, the fact that GitHub was even considering the following Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad all conceivable ways idea is revealing about the company, but:

"In another case, in a discussion about giving project owners the power to edit other people's comments in issues and pull requests, I mentioned my experience with the opalgate incident and pointed out how if the openly hostile maintainers of that project had the ability to edit my comments, the situation would have been even worse than it already was. I pleaded that this feature be reconsidered from the perspective of potential abuse. My manager accused me of shutting down the conversation by making it personal."

Seriously, shutting down the whole idea should have been the #1 agenda item for anyone sane involved ... and I think she's a lot more sane than she lets on. I take this as a likely sign of social justice convergence of the company.

"Finally in January I got the chance to work on the one feature that I wanted GitHub to have most of all: a tool to make adding a code of conduct to a project easy."

Surprise! But it went downhill from that very last feature she added, she got what she claims is her first bad, specifically "Does Not Meet Expectations" annual review because of her bad communications, including the most basic failure to do code reviews for a new developer on her team, which she believed had to be invited (see first item quoted above and how it played out), and on the same day, reading between the lines, tried to kill herself with an overdose of her "anti-anxiety medication", bad enough her psychiatrist to tell her to go straight to the ER of a "trusted" hospital. However they were not impressed, and transferred her to another hospital for an involuntary 7-8 day stay. Well, at least she can't legally buy a gun now.

When she came back she was unable to preform her job, argued with her manager about that, somehow though managed to attend a week of "scheduled conferences", got back and was PIPed and out in short order.

RTWT, she's lucid, but totally lacking in self-awareness. It's a remarkable document, especially if you have a programming in groups background.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 1:53 PM  

@89 camcleat:

@85

"but produces a much less buggy service and I think product than competitor GitLab, with only a 3 year head start."

I have one project on GitLab and none on GitHub. Admittedly a very lightweight and occasional user, I've had no problem with GitLab.


Make sure to back up anything you have on it that isn't already captured by git, just in case the next time their database falls over they again discover every single type of their backups was failing, often in ways trivial to detect if you just looked, let alone tried to do a restore.

I specifically avoided GitHub due to convergence. GitLab has for me be well worth that.

GitLab is also somewhat converged at the publicly visible level, but their basic failing is in sheer competence. I find the two companies to be a fascinating study in the limits of prediction from the theory of social justice convergence. Although now that they've been bought by Microsoft and have a new CEO the baseline has been disrupted, but maybe we'll hear some behind the scenes stories as people flee what most of us are assuming will become a colossal train wreck.

Blogger Deter Naturalist November 27, 2018 2:49 PM  

@90
"She?"

You get more lunatic behavior by enabling it.

Blogger Random #57 November 27, 2018 3:06 PM  

@92 Deter Naturalist:

@90
"She?"

You get more lunatic behavior by enabling it.


I'm embracing my inner gender fluidity in this discussion to avoid linking my True Name to this alias.

Blogger MrNiceguy November 27, 2018 3:12 PM  

I think what xit means here is, "I wrote the Code of Conduct, which means I'm just as important as the ones doing actual work. Look at me, and notice my contribution, and also my feminine grace."

Blogger LSWCHP November 27, 2018 3:47 PM  

I've spent a large part of my career working on military software. If my software failed, my fellow citizens and warriors would die.

A heavy burden, and an environment where technical merit reigns supreme.

This nonsense never would, and never will, take hold in such places, thabk God.

Blogger R.G. Camara November 27, 2018 4:10 PM  

This is like a dystopian manifesto from a satire written only 20 years ago. Heck, it sounds like a comedy sketch from only 10 years ago.

The leftist cult accelerates ever more.

Blogger Lance E November 27, 2018 4:12 PM  

> This nonsense never would, and never will, take hold in such places

I guarantee you that it will. It's only a matter of time. The cancer is metastatic.

Blogger camcleat November 27, 2018 4:21 PM  

@95

"This nonsense never would, and never will, take hold in such places, thabk God."

Pretty much what I once thought about Linux kernel development, and yet here we are.

I hold out hope that you are right but think you are mistaken. We should never underestimate just how far and how fast the SJW cancer can metastasize.

Blogger tz November 27, 2018 4:32 PM  

Just remember, every dark cloud service has a Cora-lining.

Blogger Unknown November 27, 2018 4:44 PM  

If USSOCOM can be told to allow women into special forces, and that order is followed, software engineering related to same is not safe.

To keep it safe would require not only discarding most civil service employment protections, but firm and unwavering leadership that is absolutely ruthless in the weeding out of SJW entry attempts.

This is not possible today, because doing so would invite an absolute catagory 5 shit storm of moral opprobrium from the entirety of the left side of the political isle.

Civil service is something like 90% Democrat, and like unions and academia constitutes one of the core, unassailable Democratic voting blocks.

--Unknownsailor--

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:20 PM  

@90

"RTWT, she's lucid, but totally lacking in self-awareness. It's a remarkable document, especially if you have a programming in groups background."

Uh.... er.....

That's a MAN, baby!

Blogger eclecticme November 27, 2018 6:33 PM  

I am prolly stating the obvious here, and I do not know how this relates to open source SW.

Consumer electronics and computers have been in neck and neck compitition for as long as I can remember. Make it smaller, faster, and cheaper than your compitition and get the new new thing out by the deadline or else. The industry is red in tooth and claw.

If Xit and zer coven are making a product in competition with more competent competitors they will be out of business. Consumers and investors will give little weight to the code of conduct. They will have a choice between item A and item B on the virtual shelf. Unless xit can converge all of Asia the choice will be Samsung or Huawei or whatever.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:43 PM  

"If Xit and zer coven are making a product in competition with more competent competitors they will be out of business. Consumers and investors will give little weight to the code of conduct. They will have a choice between item A and item B on the virtual shelf. Unless xit can converge all of Asia the choice will be Samsung or Huawei or whatever. "

But then the xit will just waltz into the victorious competitor's workplace (anti-discrimination laws!!!), and the whole process will begin again.

That Satanist rat knows EXACTLY what he's doing -- that's WHY the only thing he wanted to do at Gitwhichever was to modify the software to make a "Code of Conduct" slot for every project being hosted. SO THAT the SJW uber Meritocracy CoC can then be put into that slot, thus poisoning the project.

Because that's what demonically possessed, Satan worshiping, dress and 1950's female librarian glasses -wearing ASSHOLES do.

Blogger Silly but True November 27, 2018 7:23 PM  

How much room have these xits made for white Caucasian male cishet people to enter their field and succeed there, meaning not only inviting them in, but making sure that they are supported and empowered.

This gon’ be like the diversity of the cast of Black Panther, isn’t it?

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 8:12 PM  

The way to beat them.... start small companies, and KEEP them small... small enough that you are completely immune to all of that EEOC BS.

Blogger eclecticme November 27, 2018 8:13 PM  

@103. Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 6:43 PM
"If Xit and zer coven are making a product in competition with more competent competitors they will be out of business. Consumers and investors will give little weight to the code of conduct. They will have a choice between item A and item B on the virtual shelf. Unless xit can converge all of Asia the choice will be Samsung or Huawei or whatever. "

But then the xit will just waltz into the victorious competitor's workplace (anti-discrimination laws!!!), and the whole process will begin again.


Nothing says the products have to be made in the US, within reach of US anti-discrimination laws. Ultimately such laws may push production out of the US. Investors, e.g. CALPERS, will demand it. Koreans and Chinese don't care much about xit.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 27, 2018 8:22 PM  

The problem is, if you want to do it overseas, then YOU probably can't move overseas and function easily, because the (((Bankers))) have told every foreign country on the planet that they MUST conform to US reporting laws for all US citizens having deposits in their bank, or else they will be cut out of the Bretton-Woods financial system.

Not sure if Russia is complying. Poland and Czech Republic are. Those are the only 3 places I would consider starting an overseas technical company as a small business. And Russia... have fun getting your wealth OUT of the country. Russia will gladly let you set up shop in Russia, but don't expect to take your profits with you when you leave. Unless you use it to buy a large boat (used), and sail it back home across the Atlantic, and then cash out the boat when you get to the U.S. for approximately what you paid for it.

Blogger tz November 27, 2018 8:54 PM  

Is it too late to launch a new non-meritocratic SJW race/sex/etc. conscious cryptocurency. We can call it Xitcoin.
Maybe they can genetically engineer sperm to identify as an Egg-Xit.
Do 8 Xits make a Xyte?
Sorry to Xit and Pun...

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj November 27, 2018 9:46 PM  

I thought the "lance" would evoke the charge of the Christian Knight! A knight who may be prone to lance a lot. But yes, excise if you must; any means necessary at this late stage. Just don't circumcise. It's not the Catholic way.

Blogger Jack Amok November 28, 2018 1:07 AM  

We strive to reflect our values in everything that we do.

Holy smokes, the exception that proves the rule. Said rule being "SJWs always lie." Xit told the truth in that comment! Granted, it's not an endorsement when you understand their values are corruption, mendacity, depravity and jealousy, but still, truth is
truth...

Like.. I can't code.. But like.. I want you to pay me to do like softwares. Because diversity.

Nate, years ago I realized, being someone who could codes an stuff really well, that there were a lot of people out there who's one competency was coming up with reasons they should get a cut of the money being paid for stuff they would never be able to do themselves. "Engineers don't make good managers" is their mating cry, best I can tell.

Since trannies don't need to mate, I guess they say "engineers don't make good engineers" now.

Blogger Jack Amok November 28, 2018 1:19 AM  

We believe that interpersonal skills are at least as important as technical skills.

This is rich coming from these people. They are the biggest coward-bullies on the planet.


Isn't it funny how the biggest complaints about interpersonal skills being just as important as technical merit all seem to come from people who don't have much of either?

This was the first thing I thought of reading that too. If I ranked everyone I've ever worked with based on people skills, the correlation between "SJW" and "difficult to work with" would have a higher correlation than even "Star Trek Convention Attendee" and "Pedo".

We recently had one of our biggest SJWs turn in his notice (not my team). He was open to staying if we countered his offer, so we had a meeting with all the senior folks in the division. Basic consensus was he did his job well but he was a complete high-maintenance pain in the ass to work with and was constantly creating ill-will for the group throughout the company with his diva behavior. So.... "good luck at your new gig!"

Blogger Dirk Manly November 28, 2018 5:37 AM  

Your gain is the new company's loss!

Blogger God Emperor Memes November 28, 2018 5:55 AM  

Ah, that would be Nurse Shaneequa.

Blogger tz November 28, 2018 8:34 AM  

Cancer Coraline, but Also watch for Virus Vicki, Worm Wendy, or Malware Mindy

Many open source projects attain a level of "maturity" where no one really needs any new features and there aren't a lot of new bugs being found, and the contributors to these projects dwindle, often to a single maintainer who is generally grateful for developers who take an interest in these older projects and offer to share the choresome, intermittent work of keeping the projects alive.

Ironically, these are often projects with millions of users, who trust them specifically because of their stolid, unexciting maturity.

This presents a scary social-engineering vector for malware: A malicious person volunteers to help maintain the project, makes some small, positive contributions, gets commit access to the project, and releases a malicious patch, infecting millions of users and apps.

This is apparently what happened to event-stream, a widely used tool that was compromised by a crypto-currency stealing attacker who gained commit access, poisoned an update, and then locked the project's owner out.

But does the project have a CoC? (Cancer of Coraline)

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants November 28, 2018 12:25 PM  

Also, I scanned thru the list fairly carefully, and the number of Asians, Pajeets, and (((city folk))) on the list is about what you'd expect in tech world.

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