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By estherschindler
Submitted: Feb 14 2013 / 13:41

Software evangelism in a meritocracy is damaging to its social fiber. In a society that champions merit and achievement, what room is there for promoting one software package or another? Software distributors have their own decision-making policies regarding the software that they choose to ship. Evangelism interrupts the flow of the decision-making process, sometimes completely derailing it. When this happens, decisions are either put off or made in haste. As a result, software distributions and their users suffer in technical and social ways. Pushed software can create unfixable configurations, reveal unexpected bugs, render past knowledge obsolete, and create friction between users and developers. Thus, it's important to identify and stop software evangelism whenever possible, or risk losing talented members and reducing the richness of a meritocracy.
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