Ok, this is going to be a short one, but it has to be said.
Arc (the new Lisp dialect from Paul Graham) came out this week, and the respone has been HUGE. Not in that lots of people are spending lots of time building cool application prototypes with it, but that lots of people are spending lots of time in flame-wars over whether Arc is cool or not. Seriously. There is a huge conflict emerging between one camp who is carrying a banner that says "Arc Sucks!", and another group across at the other street corner carying signs that say "YOU suck because you think that Arc Sucks!".
Now, I'm going to preface this with a disclaimer: I have not downloaded and tried out Arc yet. I plan on doing it this weekend, but right now I'm speaking in ignorance. Ok, now that we got that out of the way: THIS WHOLE CONFLICT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND EMOTIONAL ENERGY!
Here are my thoughts on the subject in tabular format:
Evaluating a new language and deciding you LIKE it: Reasonable.
Calling anyone who DOESN'T like the new language a fool and an all around bad person: Unreasonable.
Evaluating a new language and deciding you DON'T like it: Reasonable.
Lambasting the developer of the language mercilessly as though he killed your dog: Unreasonable.
Suggesting a new feature to a developer of an open-source language: Reasonable.
Calling the developer a hack and a failure for not including the feature you wanted in release one: Unreasonable.
Writing a commentary about a new open-source language that points out some of the good things about it and looks positively towards it's future: Reasonable.
Writing a commentary about a new open-source language that religiously defends a work-in-progress as though it is the Ark of the Freaking Covenant: Unreasonable.
I think you get the picture. As a collection of smart people, I think hackers have a responsibility to be a little more rational than the last few days have shown us to be.