There are a few stories in tech that are really just inside baseball. This week has exploded with one of those stories: Markdown.
I wrote a long post here explaining some of the history but I have deleted it. I've read enough over the past few days that made me decide it was all unnecessary.
What I did want to say is in the title here: why can't we all just get along?
Standard Markdown/Common Markdown/CommonMark is born of difference of opinion between a user of Markdown and the original creator of Markdown. The disagreement is understandable. These things happen and we get over them.
The issue I do have is the unhelpful noise surrounding it. There was a lot of name-calling and other pointless banter on Twitter and in other internet comments. Many people have chosen sides, as is their right, and will defend that decision to the death.
Personal attacks were made and that's not really acceptable in any situation. Both sides of this disagreement have pretty strong opinions that aren't going to be reconciled. It looks like there has been a negotiated ceasefire and we need to move on from there. Hopefully a bright future for Markdown (in all its forms) ensue that will make all parties happy.
This sort of noisy disagreement happens way too often on the internet with legions of keyboard warriors getting bent out of shape over something minor that doesn't directly concern them. [cf. #Gamergate]