[development] Do not let postgresql hold back great patches

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Sat Nov 17 02:11:15 UTC 2007

"Khalid Baheyeldin" <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> On Nov 16, 2007 6:20 PM, Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
> > Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > "Karoly Negyesi" <karoly at negyesi.net> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > In my opinion, the reason for that is that it's sooo damn easy
> > > > > to install PostgreSQL and test a patch against it.
> > > >
> > > > You are kidding me. First of all, we do not even have enough patch
> > testers. Second, damn easy to install PostgreSQL? Really? Where is the
> > handbook page? The video?
> >
> > Wait a minute ... allow me to retract my previous statement and
> > get out of the trap you tricked me into.
> >
> > Why are you being so confrontational?  You _asked_ _why_ and I
> > gave you my opinion.  Now you're arguing that my opinion is no
> > good, but it doesn't change the fact that it's still my opinion.
> >
> > Stop turning this into an argument and perhaps you'll get more
> > support.  I have no desire to argue the relative difficulty of
> > installing PostgreSQL on this list.  If you want to discuss
> > that, take it to the PostgreSQL mailing lists.
> >
> >
> Bill,
> Karoly is not being confrontational. Why do you say so?

When these kinds of things happen, I'm torn between defending
my viewpoint and letting it drop for the sake of peace and
quiet.  In this case, I will state my reason then let it drop.

The conversation went as follows:
Karoly: Why is everyone against my viewpoint.
Me: I think it's because ...
Karoly: You're wrong.

If he didn't want my opinion, why did he ask?  It felt
confrontational and pointlessly argumentative to me, and it also
felt like it was about to degrade into "MySQL vs. PostgreSQL".

That's how I saw it.  If others saw it differently, then that's
their viewpoint.

Bill Moran

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