To kneel in a circle with others and pleasure oneself. Also refers to a pompous, self-congratulatory discussion where little to no progress is made.
1. “I just walked in on a circlejerk yesterday; it was terrible!”
2. “Did you catch that board meeting? Man, what a circlejerk!”

If you read my blog you should know by now that I am a big fan of reddit.com. There is a sub-reddit called r/circlejerk it not the most popular of sub-reddits but it is one of my favorites.

Lately there has been a lot posts about how Ruby on Rails might not follow the best practices. Which was followed up by a bunch of karma whoring / troll posts that don’t really help that much.

“Herp Derp: Hey… aren’t you doing the same thing?”


Yep! I bet my girlfriend this would make the front page.

haters are coming
.NET went through a similar movement not long ago called ALT.NET. To make a long story short, a lot of passionate, opinionated .NET developers started a bunch of blog posts, rants, and conferences trying to convince the “mainstream” .NET community that the Microsoft way was wrong and things like agile, IoC, TDD, and SOLID were the right way. We all know how the story ends, you guessed it a gigantic circlejerk. Why? Because much like r/circlejerk most of the people reading/writing the post are just in an echo chamber. The mainstream doesn’t care… They want more drag and drop fail sauce that’s even worse than ActiveRecord.

Don’t think you are immune Rails developers! Guess what Rails is more popular than ever and soon there is going to be a lot of “mainstream” Rails developers that just plain don’t care. Don’t let that be you! Don’t let it become a huge circlejerk called ALT.rb. Principles do matter.

I’ve got confidence that Rails will actually get better because of this, you’ve got guys like this

And sadly .NET’s got this guy

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My name is Ryan Rauh and I like shiny things. If I've seen it on twitter more the twice most likely I've looked at it or tried it. I really like memes and other silly and seemingly useless things out on the internet. I blog about things *I* think are cool and interesting, I hope you will find them cool and interesting too.
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  • Jesse Williamson

    God I love your posts.

  • Lefthandedgoat

    Do you have links to substantiate this? “Guess what Rails is more popular than ever…”

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  • Harlinjesse

    Came for the circle, stayed for the jerk.

  • Guest

    This post is offensive and distasteful.  If these continue I will no longer come to or recommend los techies.

    • Anonymous

      My apologies, this was meant to be a satire post making fun of our industries reactions to rant/troll post with their own rant/troll posts. 

      Hence the definition: refers to a pompous, self-congratulatory discussion where little to no progress is made

      Much of it is done to feed egos or draw traffic to their sites, rarely do they actually add value to the conversation. 

      This post is in fact by my own definition a troll post and should not be taken seriously in any way.