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Hi Marc, all,

On 2/24/2011 2:58 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2011-02-23 10:01, Nik a écrit :
Do we have a Sean Parsons on this list?


Ahem ... I think using "Hate mail" is a little too strong. This would make it impossible for this individual to join our team(s) if he decided to join and to contribute or submit proposals.
It must just be my abrupt sense of humour, which is often lost-in-translation in Email Having said that, I don't think we can afford to be "precious" about strong words in the subject of this email when some stronger words are in question in this article.

Let's just say that he had his reasons for posting and let's take the high road and offer him a place here where he could be part of the group rather than being on the outside.

This is, IMHO, a better approach to take even. This is not the first or last time we will be criticised.
Marc, you can take the moral high-road if you prefer.
I'd rather get to the heart of the problem. And it *IS* a problem.
It's not just feedback, it's not just criticism, Designers are good at handling both. We receive it here daily. This is shameless self-promotion at the cost of a community while hiding behind that same community's generosity.

If this were some member of the public with no knowledge of our workings, It wouldn't phase me. But instead, we have a member of our community, who, instead of discussing it here with us and forging a better result, chose instead to publicise his lack of support due to a number of /subjective/ Design opinions. And mentioned us *explicitly*.

Lots of people are on this list, most of them for a good reason: they want to further our cause Some are on it for other reasons: they want their Designs approved or else they will whine on the internet until someone listens.

Look it's clear Sean has a defense-team already protecting his right to complain despite the damage it would do to us as a team.
So instead, I'll aim this generally at everyone on this list;

If you REALLY care about this project, and something doesn't go the way you'd like, just talk it out here. Or Email privately. *Anyone writing open letters to us on the internet knows full-well that it is as likely to be picked up by the press as it is our team.* And anyone interested in voicing their opinion at the expense of our team, isn't in it to benefit us at all. Just themselves.

You can paint me as the devil, but I've disagreed with plenty of choices made here,
but not once have I been tempted to complain about that elsewhere.
It's the difference between a frank discussion and idle gossip.


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