Saturday, August 10, 2013

Excess of poor quality feedback

It wouldn't be too hard to assume a general dislike of negative feedback.  Moreover, it's rather easy to see how we're constantly bombarded with (potentially) positive feedback in the form of ads: do this, and good stuff happens to you.  Add to this mix the seemingly reasonable maxim "do unto others as you'd like done unto you".  When put together, do these imply we're not exercising our capability to judge on merits alone?  Are we censoring our public opinions so that we only mention positives, ignore the negatives, and counterbalance the negatives with positives as well?

Well, apparently, yes.

Consider now what happens when that mentality clashes with a rational experience of reality.  Is that programming language good?  Is that math stuff correct?  Does that critical bit of software work?  Let's hear the comments of the team on that, right?  Hmmm...

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