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I think the “brilliant asshole” narrative just fits better with the west coast’s (generalizing here) need to armchair psychoanalyze everything. Even in the rare cases where it is right, amateur talk therapy is often low- or counter-productive to solving the problem at hand.

Everyone is bad at giving constructive criticism to some extent, just like everyone is bad at receiving it to some extent. Clickbait that muckrakes LKML does not absolve anyone of the responsibility of finding a way to be productive with someone they don’t like.




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