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Bella's latest smokebomb lobbed into the public fray looks like it wants to melt Joel's servers down, and it was started just this morning. ;-)

I observe that the most active threads here are the ones that somehow play with programmer self-esteem. The idea that we are, or could be, a commodity, seems to be the white hot instigator for discussion. In this camp are generally the discussions that make people feel like insiders or outsiders, or dumb/smart, or gifted/ordinary. Related topics are those to do with work hours, dress codes, pay rates, cool vs. dumb niches to be in, etc.

A close runner up are threads based on readers' codependency on Joel's observations.

Codependent behavior, in general, appears to be a good reason to chat about software employment.

Nasty Curmudgeon
Saturday, October 18, 2003

The following topics:

- The idea that we are, or could be, a commodity, seems to be the white hot instigator for discussion.

- discussions that make people feel like insiders

- Related topics are those to do with work hours, dress codes, pay rates, cool vs. dumb niches to be in, etc.

- threads based on readers' codependency on Joel's observations.

are not interesting in my view. Topics that are interesting are those on technical aspects of programming or marketing or copy protection or other 'technical-type' topics. I tend to skip the others.

Bill Rayer
Saturday, October 18, 2003

Agreed. I want to know how to do my work better and how to make more money more consistently.

The ego & opinion wars are a waste of energy.

Nasty Curmudgeon
Saturday, October 18, 2003

JOS Statistics - Top 200 commented items of all time

http://www.usabilitymustdie.com/jos/WW_Top_Commented.html

btw, it looks like I'm still in the running for top poster. Interestingly it looks like there's 3 almost ties for the top 6 slots. I don' t think the few dozen posts I posted as "Mark T A W (.com)" and other variants threw the stats off that much. Unfortunately those, and my "mark wieczorek" posts from 2002 don't factor in.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, October 18, 2003

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