I am Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob). Ask me anything.

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Radek Falhar's photo

Hi Robert,

You are quite (in)famous on some places on the internet. On /r/programmers, any of your articles is immediately downvoted and even mention of your name is quick to produce negative reactions.

How do you feel about such kind of negative reputation? Do you know of anything that you have said or done that you would deserve such negative popularity? Have you, or would you do something to fix your reputation?

Kapralov Sergey's photo

People who really deserve respect and have something valuable to say will always draw haters attention. People who have no haters behind are boring and have no own position to stand for.

Robert Martin's photo

I don't know what /r/programmers is. I am aware that there are folks who don't like my message for one reason or another. That's fine. I believe in the marketplace of ideas. If their ideas are better, their ideas will win.

Some folks don't like the fact that I am a conservative, and a republican. Some folks don't like the fact that I voted for Donald Trump. That's fine. I believe in the marketplace of ideas. If my politics is wrong, then it will lose.

Meanwhile, I've been a programmer for 48 years. That's something of a rarity. Very few people alive have been coding for 48 years straight. That sheer level of experience puts me in a position of some authority. I'm also a tolerably good writer, and that helps.

Anyway, there's room for all of us here.