Should I take part in this Twitter discussion?


Thanks to Andrey Savchenko for the original image.

In controversial situations, it’s never constructive to be on social media.

“But .. but …”

“No. Never.”

Don’t post on Facebook. Don’t tweet.

Don’t turn to Skype, or Slack or IRC.

Take a deep breath. Think.

Equally important is that you give other people time to breathe and think. Right now, you’re denying that to them.

Social media is terrible for community discussions because it is a perfect example of the Tragedy of the Commons.

Many of you will soon meet each other in person. Save your thoughts for that time.

All worthwhile conversations are more productive face-to-face.

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