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From Noah Slater <nsla...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Summary of IRC meeting in #couchdb-meeting, Wed Mar 27 20:09:05 2013
Date Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:12:02 GMT
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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