Confession to make

You know that feeling when you are absolutely sure that you are right and another person is wrong, and you claim that publicly in front of that person and the audience around? My experience says that in most cases the more sure you are the more likely it is that you are plain wrong.

I have a confession to make and a public apology to make. On IT Forum (Teched EMEA) last month, I noticed that the PowerShell v2 build which Jeffrey was using in his demoes still had Compare-Object -SyncWindow issue. So I asked Jeffrey about the status of this and to make things worse told everyone that this was one of top ten submissions at the connect site.

Not only was this an extremely unpolite thing to say after Jeffrey was asking everyone to use Connect to submit feedback – turned out (no surprise here) that I was actually wrong in my claims, confusing this one with another item on Connect. What a bummer.

I am really-really sorry. Don’t listen to me, listen to Jeffrey. Please keep submitting your feedback to connect. Jeffrey and his team are awesome and really trying their best to do what is good for the platform and the community.

The full story is that this is a nasty issue which gave me hard times at some point. I did submit the ticket long time ago. But at that time I did not know the exact root cause of the issue so the title of the submission was pretty confusing. The ticket was quickly closed as “by design”, and at that time I was too busy to protest that decision and/or open another one with a proper title and description. So needless to say, this one never got to top 10 and did not really show up in the lists which the team was reviewing.

I have now went ahead and opened a proper change request with proper title and description and I do think that this is something that needs to be fixed, and hope you go and vote for it. However, the main fact remains the same: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace”. I was really-really wrong, and I am now really sorry and apologize.

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2 Responses to “Confession to make”

  1. 1 Jeffrey Snover December 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    1) CTP3 has a fix for the Compare-Object -SyncWindow issue.
    2) We consider responding to customer feedback part of the soul of the team so if/when we slack on this, letting us know is greatly appreciated. Given the way we develop software at MSFT, this will happen from time to time but we shouldn’t go dark for prolonged periods.

    Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
    Windows Management Partner Architect
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  2. 2 Nicolas Blank December 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Nice one, amazing display of character, well done on the apology

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