On the affects of shit-talking projects people work on Show more
From time to time I take a look at who's talking about GNOME here to see if there are people I can help, issues that either need reporting or that I can point them to, etc. When I do this, sometimes I come across people talking crap about GNOME. It truly sucks to come across these posts.
People are not their code, but they put effort into their work. To have people come along and dismiss that work as "a flaming pile of 💩" is demoralizing, as it trivializes their effort and makes them feel unappreciated. It's fine to not like a piece of software. Different people have different needs, which is why there's multiple pieces of software for any one task. That does not make the software that does not fit your needs terrible.
The thing that bothers me the most about these posts is that they aren't constructive at all. There's no specific issue that anyone can work on, no real reasoning to dwell on. They just want to trash the work you and others have done. It makes me angry and frustrated.