In my misspent youth I was a unix sysadmin and this post reminded me of why I quit.
“I think that we should officially make this the sysadmins credo. We’ll call it “The Abigail Oath” and require all new sysadmins to swear it.
Well, without the layoff part, maybe something like this:
I am hired because I know what I am doing, not because I will do whatever I am told is a good idea. This might cost me bonuses, raises, promotions, and may even label me as “undesirable” by places I don’t want to work at anyway, but I don’t care. I will not compromise my own principles and judgement without putting up a fight. Of course, I won’t always win, and I will sometimes be forced to do things I don’t agree with, but if I am my objections will be known, and if I am shown to be right and problems later develop, I will shout “I told you so!” repeatedly, laugh hysterically, and do a small dance or jig as appropriate to my heritage.
Mike Sphar, re: Abigail’s resignation letter”