sorting ascending/descending with operator.attrgetter
steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Thu Apr 1 08:54:42 CEST 2010
On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:54:40 -0700, Patrick Maupin wrote:
> There is a (not very subtle) difference between saying "Oh, you meant a
> list, not a string" (especially when the context was a discussion of
> list processing), and printing a traceback for something that nobody was
> discussing, based on a single word slip.
I wondered about that.
I almost asked whether or not you would have reacted with less anger if I
hadn't included the tracebacks, but decided against it. I thought that,
given how you dropped a nuke on me for what was a very trivial social
faux pas, you would probably interpret a question about the tracebacks as
me being condescending and go on the attack yet again.
So far you've dropped a ton of sarcasm on me for being "the smartest,
sharpest guy in the world", accused me of "deliberately
misinterpret[ing] everything [you] write", and declared that my work-
mates (who you don't know) take great pleasure in putting me down. Such
repeated attacks, over something as trivial as me pointing out you
mistook list.sort for str.sort puts your comment:
"I've left less poisonous workplaces for less cause."
into a completely different perspective. How little a slight does it take
for you to decide a workplace is poisonous?
So, Patrick, here's how it goes:
I won't apologize for pointing out your error, no matter how trivial,
because I thought, and still do, that it muddied the waters and risked
adding confusion rather than clarity to somebody asking a very basic
question. And for all I knew, you may have been genuinely confused
yourself, and not just making a silly typo.
I will say that I regret including the tracebacks, not because there is
anything wrong with doing so, but because they apparently caused you
distress and I had no intention to do so. I am sorry that you took
offense, it was not intended.
At the risk of offending you further, I will suggest that I'm not the
only one who needs to apply some introspection here. If your skin is so
thin that you react so explosively to such a minor slight, how are you
going to react to some of the more vigorous disagreements?
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