[Haifux] Replying on-list to job offers
eli at billauer.co.il
Fri Jun 24 16:18:22 MSD 2011
This is a good time to reflect on the whole issue of job offers on Linux
mailing lists. Sometimes we like what they say, and sometimes we don't.
The point is that by commenting on every job offer showing up here, we
reduce the chances of seeing clear and descriptive job offers in the
future. If you're an outsider with a Linux job opening, you may or may
not post on this list. If the typical reaction to a job offer is
criticism, justified or not, the cover-your-bottom strategy would be to
look for a new employee in the traditional ways.
I agree that posting on this list is the right thing to do if you're
looking for a Linux expert. In particular when using a pseudonym and not
mentioning any company's name, to keep the flames off yourself.
But keep in mind that people sitting in some cubicle often make their
decisions according to what will cause them least trouble. If posting to
this mailing list may appear to backlash on you, why messing up?
We always tell people to read the archives before posting to a list. The
fact that many (most?) job offers are written by either someone who
hasn't a clue, or someone deeply in the community, imply that any
outsider who followed the correct protocol and checked things up before
posting a job offer took the safe decision: Not to post.
If you have something to say to these job offer posters, please do so
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