On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 10:45:48PM +0900, john%johnknight.com / pop.business.earthlink.net wrote:
> 
>  ESR really norished the hacker's dictionary http://tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/ 
> based on the lisp and unix communities and it has been good for our
> industry. We should be conscious the ruby community's own potential to
> capture new concepts as they are forged in our discussions.
> 
> I nominate a new word for us to contribute the slang file.
> 
> Stibbsian, adjective, describes an exceptionally provocative comment
> resembling a troll that generates useful discussions and actual change. It
> is essential to stibbsianism that the comment have real depth.

Hmm ... that used to be known as "playing devil's advocate." Of course,
it's rather challenging to find an adjective form of devil's advocate,
so maybe we need a new term anyway.

-- 
Matt Gushee
Englewood, Colorado, USA
mgushee / havenrock.com
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