titus: Xerces-C++ sucks rocks, always has. For objective evidence, see how many (of what, 20K?) Debian packages depend on libxerces27. Not counting other libraries, I find: enigma, a game; anymeal, a cookbook database, and anon-proxy, an HTTP proxy daemon. It would be extremely unwise to make anything that matters depend on Xerces-C++. Among the first things I did at ITA Software, in 2001, was to replace Xerces-C++ in their system with libxml2. My current employer has just done the same.
lucasr: Python, Perl and Ruby really are the VB of the Free Software world. On the upside, people do get a lot of work done in VB. By the way, the value of a Paul Graham article halves for each mention of Lisp in it. The best ones don't mention Lisp at all. (That one has value 0.5.)
slef: Thank you for the pointer to ytplay. (It's an annoying script, but very fixable.)
Burgundavia: By the link you posted, it appears that most people don't do tech, and in particular don't do Free Software, in large part because they don't like meritocracies. The difference seems to be that men are much more inclined to identify as unlike (and, in particular, better than) others, and thus likely to find meritocracy appealing, offering a much larger pool to draw upon. Worrying about rudeness (which is far from unique to tech) just distracts us from the real problems.