Charles Nutter earned his last name last month with a mind-boggling question: Are Authors Technological Poseurs? The argument in his post was totally reasonable, but the title was demented.
First, the argument: people who spend all their time writing code know more about code than people who spend all their time writing about code. Obviously, that's a reasonable statement. And generally speaking it's true - with the caveat that somebody who writes bad code all day every day may in fact know very much less than somebody who writes about good code.
The question in the title, however, makes it impossible not to take the issue personally. It's kind of like asking, "Are People Who Disagree With Me Douchebags?" If people can't agree with you without criticizing themselves, you don't have a discussion - you have a fight. This kind of thing is what makes online communities messy and lame. Everybody who works in open source needs communities to be healthy and cool. You should always avoid questions which can easily devolve into name-calling, for the simple reason that questions which can devolve into name-calling often do.
But that's not the crazy part. That's the part where I have to say I think his phrasing was ill-considered, due to its potential for fostering dissent. That's the part where reasonable people could disagree. But there's another part which reasonable people could never even imagine saying. That part is flat-out insane. The crazy part is the idea of a technology poseur. Charles Nutter, as lead on the JRuby project, works for Sun. In Sun's Silicon Valley culture, I guess the idea of a tech poseur makes perfect sense - tech is everything in Silicon Valley, and corporate fakes are everywhere - but if you live ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, the idea of somebody pretending to be a nerd so they will seem cool kind of operates in a counter-intuitive manner.
Honestly, dude, what were you thinking? That's like, I'm going to pretend I know how to play chess, so I can get chicks. Let's interrogate this chess club poseur to see if he's really down.