HR Strange But True!
September 30, 2005

Eric S. Raymond recently got a letter from a Microsoft recruiter who said the computer giant was "seeking world class engineers to help create products that help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential." As "someone who could potentially be a contributor at Microsoft," the recruiter continued, would Eric be interested in a job interview?

Eric was not interested in an interview. In fact, in a response letter--which he posted online, along with Microsoft's invitation--he pointed out that "[i]f you had bothered to do five seconds of background checking, you might have discovered that .. I've in fact been something pretty close to your company's worst nightmare since about 1997." By that, he meant his leadership in developing open-source software, whose supporters see it as a way to keep companies like Microsoft from becoming monopolies.

"I'd thank you for your offer of employment at Microsoft," Eric wrote, "except that it indicates that either you or your research team (or both) couldn't get a clue if it were pounded into you with baseball bats."

Read the full correspondence here.

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