It’s okay to point out what’s wrong. It’s not okay to tear people down when you feel that the work they have given you for free isn’t good enough for you to re-use.
If you are unable to understand the difference between saying “I’m really frustrated and stuck, this is broken and I can’t get it to work, and I don’t know how to fix it,” and saying “disappointing quality from Opscode,” then I don’t know what to tell you. Regardless of who disappointed you, this isn’t a constructive thing to share with a software community.
Criticism is welcomed form of expression when it isn’t just bashing on people with snide remarks. “Disappointing quality from Opscode” doesn’t make anyone who reads it want to help you be better at your job, or help you improve the free cookbooks you’re re-using. If you don’t know how to express your feelings in a way that invites others to help, then again I really don’t know what to say.
I understand that you feel stuck in a problem you don’t know how to solve. I understand that you’re angry about being censured again. But instead of responding with an attempt to rules-lawyer the community guidelines by pointing out that your particular brand of negativity isn’t specifically disallowed, perhaps you should focus on how your future contributions can motivate us all make the code and the community better for both yourself and everyone else.
None of us want to see you unhappy. All of us want to see you succeed beyond your wildest dreams. But we can’t enable that goal at the expense of others in this community.
On June 19, 2015 at 12:35:31 PM, Douglas Garstang (email@example.com) wrote:
I’m biting my tongue as I write this doing my best to restrain my anger. It is quite apparent that no matter what I say, it will be deemed inappropriate. The README.md at the bottom states Opscode. It’s not my place to know if that is accurate or not. I also took pains to specifically mention in my original post that it might actually be my fault. For reasons I don’t understand, you’ve latched onto my personal opinion of a piece of software generated by a commercial enterprise being below the quality I’d expect. Again, like before, there’s nothing in the community guidelines about this being not being allowed.
On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 12:19 PM, Lamont Granquist firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On 06/19/2015 07:31 AM, Douglas Garstang wrote:
Disappointing quality from something with Opscode’s name on it.
Doug you’ve been warned repeatedly that you need to stop making statements like this.
That cookbook has also been transferred to community support by Jesse Adams, which should be obvious from the URL to the repo that you pasted, so you’re actually insulting a community member. The banner at the top is incorrect and has not been updated. AFAIK nobody at Chef Software has commit rights to that repo (I certainly do not).