Di, 19. Aug 2014
> On August 19, 2009, Why the Lucky Stiff withdrew from the online community. We in the Ruby community wish him well, but we really miss him. > > Why gave us a lot of cool software and other things, but what he really gave to the Ruby community was a spirit of freedom, whimsy, and creativity. When Why took the stage at the first RailsConf, in 2006, he strapped on his guitar, walked to the microphone, and yelled "Put your best practices away!" > > Discipline, care, and responsibility are important; we owe our customers, employers, team members, and families to take our work seriously. At the same time, though, we need to play. If we don't occasionally break out of the mold of our "best practices," we can easily miss many wonderful ideas, some of which can bear rich fruit (just as Camping and Hpricot led to Sinatra and Nokogiri). > > On August 19, 2010, the Ruby community celebrated Whyday. We set aside that day to remember Why's contributions to our community and culture by hacking just for the fun and joy of it.
On August 19—or whenever you can—put your best practices away and celebrate Why's contributions to our unique culture. Create something wonderful.