Now please, if you really must continue acting like an ass, take it to your crappy blog where ~7200 developers don't have to watch if they don't want to.

Now, I was going to post something about how I was all pumped up about the whole "I can run my app on Amazon now with EC2, S3 and now SimpleDB!" but I got myself in trouble on a thread on the CakePHP mailing list. A poster wsa asking something and I looked at the code and said to myself "what the hell is he trying to do here?" so I posted a response that pretty much said that. I've noticed that these days it's difficult to be an ass on a mailing list because people get all defensive and things like that. Maybe I should know better, but being an ass comes naturally to me and I don't really worry about people calling me names.

I mean, I didn't understand what the poster was trying to do because it was obvious that it wasn't going to work, and I said so, and then he said something, and I said something and away we went! Classic flamewar, brought on by not having to say those things to someone's face. Those who know me will tell you that I am pretty much the same in person as I am in my e-mails, so I have no problem saying things directly to people. But the internet is great for passive-aggressive geeks who lack the intestinal fortitude to say things like that to your face.

Anyway, the guy got really defensive and flamed me hard. Of course, I deserve some of that but it reminded me of what I had been feeling for a while now. Some mailing lists get to the point where I get nothing out of being on the mailing list. I've cultivated enough friendships through the list that I can hit up those people when I need solutions to stuff (like debugging a problem that I can't figure out with the Auth component in CakePHP despite me promising to contribute a chapter in the documentation about the Auth component).

Reading that list frustrates me in the same way that having to tell my two daughters the same things over and over and over and over again. I don't want to have to repeat myself. Yes, snarkiness and trolling is an inappropriate response to a lot of questions but damnit, it feels good sometimes to just lower the correctness filter and tell people how you feel! If that makes me an ass, well, I guess I'm an ass then. I'm just honest about it compared to a lot of other people. But then again, isn't that like saying "it's okay to drink so much because I've admitted I'm an alcoholic"?

So I think I should either unsubscribe from some of these lists I'm on or simply lurk and not respond to questions. I mean, if I find myself being a dick more often than I should then I guess it really means that I am the one with the problem and not the "stupid n00bs" (to use the proper derogatory term) who are flailing about trying to get answers to their questions.

I mean what's stupider: people asking dumb questions or getting all riled up about those questions and feeding my inner bully? Bah! Crappy blog indeed.