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How to approach Rails developers - an admonishment

From: Andy M.
Sent on: Saturday, June 23, 2012 8:45 AM
I want to admonish the list for the way they've been acting towards this person, and for the title of this very topic.
I speak at 3-4 conferences a year, and participate in user groups, online meetups, and plain old developer chit-chat. One of the topics that comes up time and time again when discussing the Ruby and Rails community is the ego and elitism of said developers. I know that it's not everyone, but there's enough high profile individuals who act that way that it paints the everyone with the same brush.
Attacking a user who has a business idea because he didn't "approach" you the right way is a terrible way to build community and the tech scene in Nashville. I hope you can appreciate how it makes the people on this list look when they're seriously considering a topic on how to instruct potential employers on the proper way to approach an almighty Rails developer (sarcasm mine). The original poster might have been a noob, but that's no cause for treating him that way.
I'd like to remind you that while we are indeed the doers, and developers, we're nothing without an idea to implement. Entrepreneurs, marketers, and business people deserve a place at the table as much as we do. Continue to act like you have in this email thread and you'll see your opportunities for work evaporate because no one will feel comfortable "approaching" you.
andy matthews

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