Re: Chad Perrin

*Hasn’t anybody in the management of this forum the guts to either quiet
or dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he
already has. He cannot be reasoned with, he sees all who disagree with
him as the enemy, and he attacks constantly. However much he may
contribute to Ruby, he will contribute to it’s demise if he continues
without moderation. He appears to be quite expert in Ruby, but if he
attacks every other method of working as if it were the enemy, he cannot
benefit the cause in either the short or the long run. In any case, he
has certainly caused me to lose my taste for further adventures in Ruby.
That is no great loss, but others might be. Please unsubscribe me from
this list.

Everett L.(Rett) Williams II
*

On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM, Everett L Williams II
<[email protected]

wrote:

*Hasn’t anybody in the management of this forum the guts to either quiet or
dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he already
has.

This is not how openness works. I also read almost every post to this
mailing list/forum, and I have not recently seen anything from Chad that
is
damaging. I don’t know what you have in mind here; perhaps you’re
referring
to the heated discussion about Excel as a programming language which
derailed because of meta-arguments over semantics?

He cannot be reasoned with, he sees all who disagree with him as the enemy,
and he attacks constantly.

This is not constructive; you’re attacking someone personally and making
claims about them as an individual.

However much he may contribute to Ruby, he will contribute to it’s demise
if he continues without moderation. He appears to be quite expert in Ruby,
but if he attacks every other method of working as if it were the enemy, he
cannot benefit the cause in either the short or the long run. In any case,
he has certainly caused me to lose my taste for further adventures in Ruby.
That is no great loss, but others might be.

I don’t think starting a whole new thread just to attack an individual
– in
public, no less – is a worthwhile contribution to this mailing
list/forum,
regardless of what you think about Chad’s views. Perhaps it would be
better
to directly talk with the people in charge of ruby-talk.

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Obvious troll.

Also, past history of trolling
E.g. Re: Lua, Robotics, and a 13 year old...

Evidence overwhelming.
Bugger off.

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 06:24:03AM +0900, Everett L Williams II wrote:

this list.
Are you serious?

For the record, Everett has started harrassing me in private email after
I ended my involvement in the online discussion. Ignore this troll.

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 08:14:20AM +0900, Johnny M. wrote:

Also, past history of trolling
E.g. Re: Lua, Robotics, and a 13 year old...

That was an interesting read. There were exactly two sentences in that
wall of text that appeared at all relevant to the comments to which it
was a response:

Your very attitude towards Logo betrays your basic problem. Logo has
matured into a capable and useful language, not at all limited to
little kids, though still useful as a starting point for those kids.

For the record, I agree: Logo, at least in the UCBLogo implementation,
is
a “serious” programming language. Its limitations as a language
suitable
to “real world” use are entirely a result of the fact that Logo was a
victim of its own success; it did so well in the '80s as an educational
language for young children that everybody assumed that was all it could
do, ignoring its robust capabilities. It is, in fact, in many ways the
LISP originally envisioned by McCarthy (which is, in fact, in many ways
less interesting than what Common Lisp and Scheme have become – but is
still an underrated language).

The rest of what ELW said was . . . well. I’ll keep my thoughts to
myself on that, I guess. No need to perpetuate the problem. I just
felt
like commenting on the Logo mention; it’s a good language, even if
someone like ELW likes it too.

On 2011-04-14, at 17:10, Chad P. wrote:

For the record, I agree: Logo, at least in the UCBLogo implementation, is
a “serious” programming language. Its limitations as a language suitable
to “real world” use are entirely a result of the fact that Logo was a
victim of its own success; it did so well in the '80s as an educational
language for young children that everybody assumed that was all it could
do, ignoring its robust capabilities. It is, in fact, in many ways the
LISP originally envisioned by McCarthy (which is, in fact, in many ways
less interesting than what Common Lisp and Scheme have become – but is
still an underrated language).

Indeed. The original designers of Logo, Danny Bobrow and Wally Feurzeig,
explicitly described Logo as `baby Lisp’. I was involved in that effort
a bit, and ended up producing an implementation of Logo, and teaching
teachers how to use it for teaching purposes. That latter part soured me
quite a lot on teaching computer science in public schools. Most of the
teachers couldn’t see any other purpose to Logo than manipulating the
turtle, and they ended up seeing Logo as a kind of horrible drawing
program. In fact, I stopped getting interest from teachers on this
subject at almost exactly the time the original Mac and MacPaint were
released. The wonderful stuff in Brian Harvey’s Computer Science Logo
Style
was totally beyond these teachers. (By the way, if you look on
his website, you can download all three volumes of this series. Even for
those who have no interest in Logo, these are fascinating books.
HomePage for Brian Harvey ([email protected])).

Ruby and Logo share a certain flavor, including a syntax that is just a
little bit hazy :). I kind of wish I were still teaching teachers, it
would be fun to teach them Ruby.

(My apologies to those who are looking for some Ruby talk in this
message, there really isn’t any.)

– vincent

On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM, Vincent M. [email protected] wrote:

teachers. (By the way, if you look on his website, you can download all
– vincent

Logo was the first “programming” I ever did. We didn’t have an official
curriculum that I know of, but me and another kid had to make a story
with
it, so we had to give it commands to draw each scene. Ours was Sonic the
Hedgehog :stuck_out_tongue: and I really enjoyed it, and think that is one of the
reasons
that I stayed so interested in programming for all these years. (Though
I
did have a qbasic course in HS, which I also loved).

By surprising coincidence, I was playing with it today, since Heroku had
a
segment in their last newsletter about supporting it (
Announcing Heroku for Logo... powered by Heroku | Heroku)

On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM, Everett L Williams II
[email protected] wrote:

*Hasn’t anybody in the management of this forum the guts to either quiet or
dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he already
has.

There is no moderation, hence nobody you can ask to suppress someone
else.

He cannot be reasoned with, he sees all who disagree with him as the
enemy, and he attacks constantly. However much he may contribute to Ruby, he
will contribute to it’s demise if he continues without moderation. He
appears to be quite expert in Ruby, but if he attacks every other method of
working as if it were the enemy, he cannot benefit the cause in either the
short or the long run.

I find that vastly exaggerated. Also, what you present here qualifies
as a personal attack and apparently you see him as some form of enemy
as well. Ironically based on your own ruling you would be banned as
well. :slight_smile:

In any case, he has certainly caused me to lose my
taste for further adventures in Ruby. That is no great loss, but others
might be.

Frankly, I don’t understand how he can turn you away from Ruby. If
you have identified an individual as writing things that you don’t
like to read you can easily ignore him - for example by not reading
his messages. Nobody forces you to read everything posted here.

Please unsubscribe me from this list.

You have gotten onto this list, you should be able to find out how to
get off.

Cheers

robert

On Apr 14, 2011, at 14:24 , Everett L Williams II wrote:

*Hasn’t anybody in the management of this forum the guts to either quiet or
dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he already has.

While I find Chad to be a complete ass on many occasions, including
(especially?) on the Functional programming thread, I don’t see how it
would even be feasible or reasonable to do anything. This “forum” as you
call it is both a mailing list, a usenet group, and at least one web
forum.

The “damage” that Chad causes is irritating at best. The rest is in your
head.

He cannot be reasoned with, he sees all who disagree with him as the enemy, and
he attacks constantly.

I completely agree. And?

However much he may contribute to Ruby, he will contribute to it’s demise if he
continues without moderation.

The ironic part is I know of absolutely no public contributions (gems,
etc) to ruby coming from chad other than his participation on this
mailing list.

Chad cannot contribute to Ruby’s “demise”… at this point, you sound
like a drama queen. Or maybe a teenage emo girl. Those might be
equivalent.

He appears to be quite expert in Ruby, but if he attacks every other method of
working as if it were the enemy, he cannot benefit the cause in either the short
or the long run. In any case, he has certainly caused me to lose my taste for
further adventures in Ruby. That is no great loss, but others might be.

While that is certainly your choice… I’d suggest you man up and learn
to ignore people you don’t like. Chad != Ruby. The world (and the
internet) is a harsh mistress and you need a thicker skin if you’re to
get anything done.

Please unsubscribe me from this list.

You can unsubscribe yourself.

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 09:35:40AM +0900, Vincent M. wrote:

Common Lisp and Scheme have become – but is still an underrated
teachers on this subject at almost exactly the time the original Mac
and MacPaint were released.

The sad fact is that most public school teachers (including public
universities) have little interest in learning and less imagination.

I do not speak of private school teachers because I haven’t attended a
public school. The main effect of the vast majority of classes I have
attended in schools of various types has been to undermine my love for
learning, though. I finally figured out that to really learn something
while in school, one must do it on one’s own time.

By the way, Logo was my second programming language – and it rescued me
from the horrors of my first language, BASIC.

The wonderful stuff in Brian Harvey’s Computer Science Logo Style was
totally beyond these teachers. (By the way, if you look on his website,
you can download all three volumes of this series. Even for those who
have no interest in Logo, these are fascinating books.
HomePage for Brian Harvey ([email protected])).

I’ve worked my way through bits of Harvey’s book, off and on, over the
years. It’s an interesting approach. I definitely recommend it as a
Logo for Grown-Ups series of books.

Ruby and Logo share a certain flavor, including a syntax that is just a
little bit hazy :). I kind of wish I were still teaching teachers, it
would be fun to teach them Ruby.

I’d love to do that, too, but I frankly have no idea how I’d put myself
in such a position.

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:25:31AM +0900, Ryan D. wrote:

On Apr 14, 2011, at 14:24 , Everett L Williams II wrote:

However much he may contribute to Ruby, he will contribute to it’s
demise if he continues without moderation.

The ironic part is I know of absolutely no public contributions (gems,
etc) to ruby coming from chad other than his participation on this
mailing list.

The feeling is mutual. As for the rest of what you said about me –
I’ll
follow Mom’s advice, and say nothing, except this:

get anything done.
I agree. I am not Ruby. If you don’t like me, ignore me.

Ryan,

Ryan D. wrote:

On Apr 14, 2011, at 14:24 , Everett L Williams II wrote:

*Hasn’t anybody in the management of this forum the guts to either quiet or
dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he already has.

While I find Chad to be a complete ass on many occasions, including
(especially?) on the Functional programming thread, I don’t see how it would even
be feasible or reasonable to do anything. This “forum” as you call it is both a
mailing list, a usenet group, and at least one web forum.

The “damage” that Chad causes is irritating at best. The rest is in your head.

And in the head of every noob who stumbles into his arrogant and ill
tempered rants.

Cute, but I have been on the internet since it was ARPANET. My company
used it to transfer an IBM compatible Pascal for the Australian AED for
use on a project. As in your case, he merely irritates me, but his
attacks on noobs ideas or anything that is not spelled as Ruby will
chase of those newcomers before they can become active, at least in some
cases. And, he accuses anyone who argues with him of being a troll. That
is not something that is good for the language. If there is no
moderation hereabouts that can at least admonish, then this is less and
less likely to be a useful place. If that is being a drama queen or emo
as you so sweetly put it, then I am guilty as accused. Since I am
leaving, you and those like you will have to judge how long you can put
up with such nonsense.

I have no idea of Chad’s contributions or lack thereof. I have just
noted that he often replies to noobs.

He appears to be quite expert in Ruby, but if he attacks every other method of
working as if it were the enemy, he cannot benefit the cause in either the short
or the long run. In any case, he has certainly caused me to lose my taste for
further adventures in Ruby. That is no great loss, but others might be.

While that is certainly your choice… I’d suggest you man up and learn to
ignore people you don’t like. Chad != Ruby. The world (and the internet) is a
harsh mistress and you need a thicker skin if you’re to get anything done.

This isn’t a testosterone joust. It is supposed to be a place where
ideas are discussed and help is asked and offered. My suggestion to you
is not to offer foolish advice that you would not offer in person.
It is certainly difficult to have any respect for an individual who has
so little respect for teachers, when it is a skill that, by his own
admission, he lacks. And, by the way, I can play just as rough as the
next person, but I seldom find it necessary or desirable. Having
examined Ruby fairly closely, I leave because I don’t find it worth the
effort, especially when that involves putting up with nonsense like
Chad. I attempted to take the discussion offline, but now he complains
that is harassment. Since there is no venue for complaint, I have posted
in the forum, and I am leaving, so you may dissect the corpse as you
will.

Everett L.(Rett) Williams II

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM, Everett L Williams II
<[email protected]

wrote:

or dispatch Chad P. before he manages to do more damage than he already

a drama queen. Or maybe a teenage emo girl. Those might be equivalent.
that is being a drama queen or emo as you so sweetly put it, then I am

others might be.
It is certainly difficult to have any respect for an individual who has so
Everett L.(Rett) Williams II

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On Sat, 16 Apr 2011, Chad P. wrote:

I agree. I am not Ruby. If you don’t like me, ignore me.

I have a better suggestion, bring popcorn and watch the show…

– Matt
It’s not what I know that counts.
It’s what I can remember in time to use.

On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 03:36:42AM +0900, Matt L. wrote:

On Sat, 16 Apr 2011, Chad P. wrote:

I agree. I am not Ruby. If you don’t like me, ignore me.

I have a better suggestion, bring popcorn and watch the show…
^
and beer

I just want to know how the usenet version of this thread has lasted
over 3 years, totaling 265 messages and about 120 subject hijackings. Is
there a script somewhere which keeps pushing old references?

BTW Everett plays the classic attention-starved adolescent here –
dramatically announcing his departure and then not departing.