Now I’m not saying I am a perfect person nor am I saying that I know what is best all the time. What I am saying is that as a human being and a professional we all have to consider and be careful of our actions especially inside of a online environment where angers can flare because of a misunderstanding of how something was typed.
Now I don’t want to hash up arguements or hurt feelings and I must say I had not expected this at all here on SDN let alone in my own work environment, however it is there and not to believe it is, is to be naive.
The purpose of this weblog is to simply ask everyone to consider their actions and their comments because we are people here, regardless of culture and with that each of us deserve some form of respect. In the past I too have shot off in the mouth and been very critical of individuals who have done what in my opinion is the wrong thing. I have tried to learn from those mistakes though.
Recently in my personal life there was a case where two friends were angry with the other over what I thought to be a trivial item. Now after having enough, I confronted both of them together and I made each tell me their side of the story, now individually I had already heard both sides, or so I thought. What I came to find out there was another aspect of the story that was embarrassing for both of them and they only finally revealed that side when they sat together. Once all of the pieces of the puzzle were on the table we were able to work through the problem together and avoid anymore conflict.
Which brings us now to SDN, now this of course is not my place as I am just a member but as a member I hold this website in high regards and I want to ensure that it stays that way. In my last weblog on ethics I closed it with this message:
Some of you may be wondering why I choose to share these thoughts here on SDN, well the reason was simple. We all here help each other out and you see quite often the names of each of us in weblogs, articles and posts. I think that SDN is one of those few places were each and every developer here holds to their morals and ethics in this regard.
I for one just want to applaud that!
I meant that then and I mean it even more now. Recently here I’ve found, shockingly as it is, that there have been cases where an individual comes online and posts a messages then logs off and logs back on answers it then again as the first user in order to assign points to themselves. I have to ask are the points that important? Are they worth your credibilty and reputation and even more are they worth your self respect?
Some people out there may reply to this weblog with the names of those who have done this recently. I personally don’t want to know and I ask that SDN delete any comment that lists those names.
The points system has become rather competive and several are trying hard to attain all the points they can, I personally can not blame them I enjoy the points as well. I would rather see them achieve the points through their own hard work, not by copying the answer from someone else and pasting it again. The idea here is to educate and motivate inviduals to learn and solve their problems not give them the solution outright.
Now many might say that it is easy for me to say all of this because I sit here with over 9000 points and I am one of very people who have achieved this. Well in show of faith, I will happily donate whatever points this particular weblog generates which provided SDN publishes it (yes I am asking them to review it first) would be between 40 and 120 points. I will dontate those points to anyone of the individuals at SDN’s discretion who has made good our there second chance that we all deserve to have by making up for their previous actions with a good and solid weblog post.
Furthermore I will not ask nor need to know who that individual is.
I just want that people enjoy their time here like I do as do most of my fellow SDNers My point is a simple one, don’t judge everyone so harshly when they make a mistake, perhaps it was an honest mistake and perhaps it was unintenional, give them the chance to try again. Let’s try to keep the moderators from having to take harsh action, we as a community should be able to motivate and educate (two words used around here often enough) those individuals into acting in a better manner on our own.