[Pharo-users] Richard Kenneth Eng is NOT Mr. Smalltalk

Esteban Maringolo emaringolo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 12:02:41 EST 2019

Hi Michael,

I share the belief that beyond some point pushing for something can
backfire, and if you keep going then you enter into the trolls or fanatics

However I don't believe the community has to do something, or exclude
anybody. In a wild place like the web, all efforts to exclude, silence or
ban are futile, so it's up to each one to judge. Transliterating a local
saying: "When John speaks about Peter, it says more about John than about


Esteban A. Maringolo

El jue., 28 feb. 2019 a las 11:30, Michael Zeder (<post at michael-j-zeder.de>)

> Dear community,
> I am a silent follower of this list. Now, I feel urged to speak up not on
> a technical, but a community matter.
> Every village deserves it's fool. And a wise man does not feed the troll
> (i did, and doing it right now, sorry). But if this fool is about to take
> over a considerable amount of public control, the community has to stand up
> against it. So, I put this to you:
> I frequently research on Smalltalk-related topics (computer scientist, try
> to devote time to open source dev next to my small enterprise). And more
> and more, I notice that Google search results show very much on top of the
> result list contributions by a self-appointed "Mr. Smalltalk" aka R.K.Eng.
> who excels at SEO and flooding social media.
> While self-initiatives are a thriving force for open communities, in this
> case:
> * one individual is hoging credit and applause, without ever having
> commited a single line of code, putting himself into focus (without having
> any profound knowledge; to the contrary: he shows a deep ignorance towards
> "our" and other languages, throwing around dubious advertisment slogans),
> * ...is throwing around with wrong claims (pulling off any potentially
> interested developer),
> * ...is starting pointless flame wars against other programming languages
> (again: detrimental to our community)
> * ...is doing SEO to make Google show his own results before FOSS
> community or sciences pages.
> * ...is getting traction (and money) for his own ends (publicity for the
> self-appointed "Mr. Smalltalk")
> * ...denies community leadership by merit (Pharo core developers do know,
> what they have created and where they want to go in the future, and which
> audience we should target, they don't need a clueless person telling them
> to "get into TIOBE index", just for example)
> * is claiming credit for the work, others have done, fostering his own
> publicity (not the interests of Pharo/VisualWorks etc).
> Here is the Medium thread that made me write this mail to you all.
> *https://medium.com/@michael.z3d3r/who-is-this-self-appointed-mr-9ad9a18676eb
> <https://medium.com/@michael.z3d3r/who-is-this-self-appointed-mr-9ad9a18676eb>*
> *https://medium.com/@richardeng/even-people-who-understand-prototypal-inheritance-do-not-like-it-heres-an-inconvenient-truth-459330fe4e2e
> <https://medium.com/@richardeng/even-people-who-understand-prototypal-inheritance-do-not-like-it-heres-an-inconvenient-truth-459330fe4e2e>*
> the bottom line of our tedious flame war in a screenshot:
> PS: a side note on Javascript (with lower S). wether you love or hate this
> quirky lovechild of Lisp and Self/Smalltalk, telling JS developers they are
> stupid and that they should abandon powerful Vue.js, for example, in favor
> of Amber Smalltalk [cudos to Amber devs! great thing!]) is utterly stupid!
> Every professional Javascript developer, who is trying Smalltalk the first
> time, because he/she has read in a post of "Mr. Smalltalk", that it is
> better, will instantly dismiss Smalltalk and be disappointed. I love
> Smalltalk (certainly more than JS), but it is detrimental, to throw around
> with these wrong claims (which in the end are only a self-serving,
> ego-centric, attention-greedy campaign to promote "Mr. Smalltalk" himself,
> a total newbie, who claims credit for the work of others).
> My suggestion: This community is open and inclusive. But we should
> clarify, that if a single individual repeatedly goes against those, who do
> the actual work, claims credits, insults people, then this person is not
> fit to be part of this community. It sheds a very bad light onto us. *-->
> If R.K. Eng cannot respect community structure and decisions, we should
> exclude him officially and publicly take distance from this person*.
> Thank you for your attention.
> Michael Zeder
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