Please remove this line from your job ads, It's belittling and adds absolutely nothing. there are other way to say that you're language agnostic.
It's more important to me that I don't personally turn people off Pivotal. We talk a lot about empathy. I'm only human, sometimes I miss the mark. But we also talk about adapting to new information.
It's likely that I have accidentally turned away a bunch of bright people. Which works against my own interests and Pivotal's interests.
So given a choice between a little bit of literary flair and not coming across as mean, at the next opportunity, I'm going to choose to cut it out.
The meaning was incredibly clear, to a point where I can't even fathom how there could be a misunderstanding.
You even said yourself that the inspiration was two people who were hesitant because of their PHP/PhD backgrounds, and I bet there are far more of those out there whom you're inviting to apply.
You'll never please everyone.
I liked it because it rhymes.
And you would quite honestly be surprised how many people email being nervous about either their PHP background or their PhDs.
Two such emails arrived in short succession a few months back, which is where I got the original inspiration.
That was not the intended meaning. I was trying to convey that any background, industrial or academic, regardless of cultural norms about those backgrounds, are welcome.
Also, it rhymed and I like rhymes.
I've done work in PHP. Also in Ruby, Java, Python, Golang, PL/SQL and I forget the rest.
I also have a fancy computer science degree. Its main use is to make my apartment look a little prettier, and to qualify me for an E3 visa.
The point is that it really doesn't matter that much. If you have some nous and some experience and we can get along, that's the fit we want.
I think this comment and the ones above are a micro example of the politically correct culture we live in. Why cant someone make a statement about the advantages/difference in traits between two groups of people? Is this so dreadful?
Depends on context. If you actually want something built I'd take the Web Dev any day.