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Whacking Droids: How to Extract Requirements from Flame Wars

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Some claim that the Linux-kernel mailing list has a reputation for flame wars. Others claim that these flame wars tarnish the community's reputation. But the (perhaps surprising) fact is that there is often valuable information bathing in the flames, information that is all too often lost. This presentation therefore describes techniques for (more or less) safely extracting information from the flames, drawing on the author's experience in the Android wakelocks flamewars. Armed with these techniques, you will be able to extract information from flame wars, while suffering only minor burns. Of course, extracting information does not guarantee code acceptance. Nevertheless, a clear statement of the requirements usually helps move the discussion forward. Audience: People interested in resolving flame wars.

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