April 16, 2007

Posted by John

Tagged thoughts and twitter

Older: Notre Dame Web Group Hiring

Newer: Occasionally I Feel Stupid

Don't Take Sides

Unless you spent the past few days with your head in the dirt, you have most likely read about the Twitterversy (short for twitter controversy). It started with an interview of Alex Payne and was followed by a post from DHH. From there it spread all over the Rails-o-sphere.

I have been amazed by the Rails community to date. I have to admit though that the past few days have left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like several people have taken Alex’s interview and DHH post’s and twisted them into this Twitter vs. DHH bout.

I think Kevin Clark has put it best:

There will always be growing pains. It’s natural. We’ll get through it. Let’s not tear ourselves apart in the process. Rails is what it is because of the community. This will continue to be a great ride with an interesting community doing exciting new things… as long as we don’t kill each other in the process.

As soon as sides are taken, community falls apart. I love twitter. I love rails. I don’t think either has done anything wrong so let’s stop blowing this thing out of proportion and keep pushing innovation to the edge.


  1. Not sure what you’re saying. Do you mean the community is so fragile it will fall apart because people say they agree/disagree with another member?

  2. Big Ray Big Ray

    Apr 17, 2007

    I think what he is saying is that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

  3. @Dick – No not at all. Big Ray hit the nail on the head.

Sorry, comments are closed for this article to ease the burden of pruning spam.


Authored by John Nunemaker (Noo-neh-maker), a programmer who has fallen deeply in love with Ruby. Learn More.


Release your software more often with fewer problems.
Flip your features.