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From Jason Smith <...@iriscouch.com>
Subject Re: Summary of IRC meeting in #couchdb-meeting, Wed Mar 27 20:09:05 2013
Date Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:06:01 GMT
I just made it up a couple of years ago.

On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 4:12 AM, Noah Slater <nslater@apache.org> wrote:
> Interesting concept. Any references (essays/vids) you can recommend?
>
>
> On 28 March 2013 09:50, Jason Smith <jhs@iriscouch.com> wrote:
>
>> On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM, ASF IRC Services <
>> asfbot@wilderness.apache.org> wrote:
>>
>> > 3. 1.2.2
>> >   a. someone explain xylophone (Wohali, 3)
>> >   b. ship 1.2.2 (jan____, 3)
>> >
>>
>> "Xylophone" is single word, a compression, of a complex, subtle idea.
>>
>> The goal of xylophone is to return immediately to the original conversation
>> without any social stigma or discomfort.
>>
>> "Xylophone" means, "With respect, this conversation has reached diminishing
>> returns. While I acknowledge its importance, I propose that we table it and
>> pop the conversation stack, back to the more urgent issue."
>>
>> The key to xylophone is, nobody loses face. Nobody is accusing anybody of
>> any wrongdoing, of wasting time, of being unprofessional. Nothing like
>> that. An individual may utter the word, but xylophone is a mantra the group
>> tells itself. Nobody is keeping score.
>>
>> When somebody invokes "xylophone," proper etiquette is to **immediately**
>> halt the conversation--mid sentence even--and return back to the main
>> discussion. Remember, xylophone is not an accusation. There is no shame in
>> being xylophoned. (Carrying on the less-urgent discussion,
>> however--**that** is shameful.)
>>
>> There are regional dialects. People in the San Francisco Bay Area say
>> "Styrofoam."
>>
>> --
>> Iris Couch
>>
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> --
> NS



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