[development] RE : Advice on module writing

David Metzler metzler.dl at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 03:41:24 UTC 2013

John, I did not mean to offend you only to point out the tone of your email.  If you'll recall, I indicated that I'm sure you didn't intend this to be offensive.    In particular, "So I don't know what your videographers are doing, but they do need to sharpen up their act."   I found this inflammatory, and they are not  even "my videographers".   That does not mean that your ideas are bad.

I agree rehearsal is important.  I agree that there are probably things that can be done to improve the video.  I pointed out a concern of scale with regard to the ideas you seemed to be asking someone else to pursue, wanting you to understand why someone might not want to pursue them.  Would you prefer that people remained silent under such circumstances and ignore your ideas, or would you like me to express the concern? 

I agree with Anthony, we all need to not come in with a thin skin when it comes to expressing ideas and listening to feedback, but hopefully that means you can take a little criticism and feedback as well.  I probably would've never said the comment that your taking issue with if I hadn't felt called out for even making a criticism. 

You are right,  I do not have any idea at all about you……  nor do I pretend to. 

Sorry to have offended you, 

It was not my intention.


On Apr 21, 2013, at 6:54 PM, John Summerfield <summer at js.id.au> wrote:

> On 22/04/13 05:01, David Metzler wrote:
>> My own "analytical" thinking (intelligent or otherwise)  suggests that
>> as well intentioned as his ideas are, they do not look to "scale" to an
>> event the size of Drupal CON, and should be tried out at a smaller
>> event, preferably at one where the person who has the idea is willing to
>> contribute time to making sure those ideas work.
> Whether any of my ideas is practical in the context of DrupalCON or not, I have highlighted a problem and illustrated goodwill by offering suggestions.
> The idea of prerecording isn't mine, and nor is rehearsing. I used to be a toastmaster, and the need for rehearsing speeches is key to the training offered.
> As for "one where the person who has the idea is willing to contribute time to making sure those ideas work," are you saying that, because I am unable to make the contributions you think I should that I cannot offer ideas?" How do you think that makes me feel?
> Do you have any idea at all about me? I thought not.
> -- 
> John

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