I made a post a little while ago which brought up a sore subject and now, I think we need to have a talk.
You see...I don’t like Dave Winer.
It’s hard for me to write this post because I am very much against talking against anyone. If anything I feel that the blogosphere talks too much about individual personalities and not enough about individual ideas.
That’s the blogosphere I want to be a part of, the one where people share and discuss their ideas without petty squabbling over who likes who and who doesn’t like who. But that’s where I get caught.
Ideas are ideas no matter where they come from and if I come across an idea that I find interesting I’m going to comment on it which is what this blog is all about. But when I do that I want people to be able to take my opinion and not have to wonder if I have other motivations which means I have to put all the factors that might make me partial on the table.
I’m lucky in that I’ve been kicking around the blogosphere for a few years now and I really don’t dislike anyone out there…with one exception. That exception is Dave Winer. I don’t really want to spend a lot of time detailing why I dislike him because I don’t think that’s fair to him and I know that’s not the type of person I want to be.
Bottom Line: I feel he’s unnecessarily mean to people in that he’ll have an argument with someone and then continue to bash them even after its long since past and even when its not related to anything else (e.g. he’ll bring it up rather than it being something that’s relevant to a current discussion)
Beyond that I’m not going to say anymore about it. I’m not asking you to dislike Dave Winer (you should make your own decisions about people) and I’m not trying to attack him (I’d be fine if he never read this blog) so there’s little reason for me to detail individual issues I have with him.
Anyway, I put a lot of thought into what to do about this. I thought I could get away by just not reading his blog and not reading any blogs about him but he still comes up via other people and again, I love ideas. If someone presents an interesting idea I’m going to comment on it regardless of its origin.
So this is my solution, one post that I’ll link to whenever I comment on one of Mr. Winer’s ideas that gives people my bias in what I hope is the most benign way possible and then is done with it. Thanks for putting up with the personal nature of it.
Now back to ideas…