If you challenge me or my motivation for what I do, you better have your shit together because I will defend myself. I have 3 core principals/rules I follow and expect other to follow in our communities.
- DON"T ever make a newcomer feel like a lesser person or make them feel stupid in any way. We were all newcomers once and every newcomer has possibility of being the next great innovator. If you drive them away, we all lose.
- DON'T ever take credit for someone else's contribution. First, its just plain unethical, but also "the Internet Never Forgets" and its likely that you will end up embarrassed when your claim for the contribution is proven to be false.
- DON"T ever question or respond negatively to someone else's contributions. If someone is attempting to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas, it is not your place or your responsibility to point out or belittle their contribution as wrong or unnecessary. Contrary to what you may believe, there's no gray area, there's a pretty clear distinction between constructive in put and being an jerk to make yourself feel smarter or better.