[Owasp-leaders] “it’s easy, just don’t be a jerk” overlooks the tension between politeness & open skepticism

Bev Corwin bev.corwin at owasp.org
Fri Sep 28 12:15:51 UTC 2018

Bil, et al, Knowledge at Wharton asks: Are You a ‘Good-ish’ Person? How to
Push Past Your Biases:


On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 2:51 AM, Bil Corry <bil.corry at owasp.org> wrote:

> I saw this tweet thread and it reminded me of recent OWASP posts:
> https://twitter.com/siminevazire/status/1043496867147919361
> The net takeaway is that different people have different opinions on what
> constitutes criticism and what constitutes incivility, and that the line
> between them isn't clear and is highly dependent on the reader.
> Note that the above tweet thread was among psychology researchers, and if
> they can't come to an understanding between incivility and criticism, that
> doesn't bode well for the rest of us.
> My suggestion for our community conversations would be to look past the
> "tone" and read what the author meant and respond to that.  It's easy to
> get caught up in inflammatory rhetoric, and doesn't move the conversation
> along.  And while most emails are in English, the community is global and
> English isn't the primary language for many of our members.
> If you feel a conversation is particularly heated, pick up the phone and
> chat.  This is a small community, many issues can be resolved with a phone
> call and serves the community better than angry emails delivered via our
> public email lists.
> The tl;dr of it is this is a community of passionate volunteers who all
> want to see the Foundation succeed in its mission, keep that in mind as you
> read and respond to community emails.
> - Bil
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