In the Wikimedia communities, where we deal with people from many different places with all kinds of backgrounds on all kinds of issues, we have something we call WikiLove.
The whole concept is worth a read if you have a minute, but I want to focus on one of the key components:
- Remember that your fellow editors are not part of your operating system, or ‘genies in a lamp’, etc., everyone likes to feel appreciated. When making a comment, it’s often good to start with a thank you or something positive when there is a reason for it, and maybe end with a thank you if making a request.
Every once in a while we do sessions online or in person, where we share positive comments and gratitude about people, projects, or anything else.
It is important to explicitly do these, because complaints are what usually surfaces and is most visible, and they tend to drown the positivity and praise that most people feel.
So, here is an explicit chance to chime in with a comment and express your gratitude publicly to appreciate people, software, or anything else you want.