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Vaidehi Joshi Author

Hey there,

Did you get a chance to read the entire article? It does, in fact, highlight the fact that syntactic discussions that devolve into back and forth in comments can be resolved by adopting a coding standard on your team. Using a linter, for example, is a simple way to make sure that the whole team agrees on a bonding style.

If you read the anonymous responses from the survey—which are not written by me, but rather were contributed by developers around the world—you'll see that the "process" that you encourage people not to fight is clearly broken. Code reviews aren't always effective on a team, so it's up to us to evaluate what's not working about them and try to fix it. This article is an attempt to do that.

The thesis of this article isn't that bugs care about your feelings. Rather, the crux of the issue is that humans write code, and humans are more productive when they are seen and heard on a team. The attitude of "put your feelings in a box, bugs don't care about your feelings" is pretty dismissive to a huge subset of the engineering community and doesn't foster any conversation or change.