Hmm..i agree that asshole-ry is often rewarded in academia but I don’t agree that “overly negative…
Devang Mehta

Yeah, I agree. It’s definitely warranted to critique harshly in some circumstances — I’ve seen plenty of papers that shouldn’t have seen the light of day. The danger is if this mode of critique becomes the norm when considering work or a presentation for the first time, or if its perceived that one gets ahead by trashing work (or researchers).

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