[in the news] Register: Fedora tempts fate with Apollo 13 beta

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 14:33:17 UTC 2010

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:54:27AM -0400, Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Let's refrain from bashing reporters or news venues on this list
> > please.  While reporters sometimes get things wrong or put their own
> > spin on information we provide, having a healthy relationship with
> > them is mutually beneficial.
> It's also worth noting that reporters, by their nature, tend to read a
> lot of lists. ;-) Bashing them on your marketing list may not be the
> best way to get good press in the future.
> Think of corrections like bug reports -- what type of attitude do you
> want to see communicated from users and other developers when they
> report a bug?
> * "Hey, great program - but I ran into this problem..."
> * "Damn developers, can't you ship anything that works? Once again, my
> FooBar 2000 is locking up when I try to run Fedora 13 beta..."

Great input, Joe!  Isn't it amazing how often the Golden Rule comes in
handy? :-) Whether you're a developer, a marketeer, or a reporter, we
all make mistakes from time to time.  

Blogs, social networking tools, whatever -- these are all places where
Fedora contributors represent Fedora.  They're public, archived, and
in fact could be part of what an employer or a peer will look at, when
they want to find out more about you and how you deal with others in a
personal or professional context.

Wrap a correction in a helpful and friendly tone, and you do yourself
and the project you represent a favor.

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