This happened many years ago, so everything is a hazy summation.
Three inventors submitted two separate ideas. I read the first one, liked it, and marked it as recommended for further study. The second idea was an idea previously submitted years ago by others, and it was shot down because it wasn't significant or really a better idea than what was out there. I noted this in my recommendation to reject the idea.
About 90 minutes after I hit the submit button on my review, 3 people were at my door wanting to talk to me:
Me: Yes?Them: Hi, we wanted to talk to you about why you rejected our idea.Me: Okay. Ummm, you realize that I'm only one of 8 or 9 folks on the review board right? There's still 2 weeks to go before we meet.Them: Right, but we wanted to talk to you about why you rejected our idea.Me: Well, I'd rather you wait until the others had a chance to vote. But, okay. What about my review didn't you like?Them: Well, we disagree that this isn't significant. We think this is a real problem and we offer a better solution.Me: Well, as I said, I'm only one voter. And I've seen this idea before and I don't think it has value we want to pursue.Them: Well, we think you misunderstand our idea.Me: I believe your idea was this: [blah-blah-blah-blah]. Right?Them: Yeah, that's it.Me: Well, I've seen it presented before and I still feel it's not worth pursuing.Them: Well, we think you're wrong.Me: Let's see...didn't you present another idea?Them: Yes, we did.Me: And I thought that idea was good. So...when I agree with you, I'm a genius. But when I disagree with you, 5 minutes later, then I'm an idiot.Them: We didn't call you an idiot!Me: Right, but the same judgment that you have no problem with, because it's what you want, you have a problem with because you aren't getting what you want. It comes from the same brain people.Them: Well obviously, you're not going to change your mind.Me: Nope.Them: Well then, can you remove your review?Me: What?Them: We don't want the others reading your comments and getting biased against us.Me: What?!?Them: You were first and it might affect what others think about when they read our idea.Me: First off, I'm one of 8 or 9 voters. Second, the reason they don't put their reviews until the day of the meeting is that they don't want people like you guys coming to their offices while they are working and complaining about their review.Them: Hunh?Me: Forget it. I'm not changing my voteThem: Well, is there someone we can protest to?Me: You're going to go over my head and protest the single, negative vote 2 weeks before the final vote?Them: We think you're biased against us.Me: Fine. The attorney's name is [blah-blah-blah]. When you protest to him, be sure to go ahead and protest the first idea I said was good as well.Them: What?Me: Nevermind. Go away.
And as they were walking away, they were probably grumbling "Asshole!"
I know as they were walking away, I was grumbling, "Idiots"
When I started this series, I stated that this was a recollection, an opinion piece. When I read the anger or the agreements in the comment section, I am........bemused.
People forget where they are. They are in:
- A UT sports blog - biased
- A UT sports blog fanpost - unfair and unbalanced
- A UT sports blog fanpost written by someone writing under an alias - sketchy
- A UT sports blog fanpost written by someone writing under an alias who is a Longhorn Foundation member: v.v. sketchy (it used to be just "v", but the bastards made me double my contribution for better football tickets so now it's "v.v.")
My response is, "Meh, whatever".