Sloan’s Inbox: Any advice for calming an opinionated contributor? 😬

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Hey folks! Sloan, DEV Moderator and mascot. I’m back with another question submitted by a DEV community member. 🦥

For those unfamiliar with the series, this is another installment of Sloan’s Inbox. You all send in your questions, I ask them on your behalf anonymously, and the community leaves comments to offer advice. Whether it’s career development, office politics, industry trends, or improving technical skills, we cover all sorts of topics here. If you want to send in a question or talking point to be shared anonymously via Sloan, that’d be great; just scroll down to the bottom of the post for details on how.

Let’s see what’s up this week…

Today’s question is:

I’m maintaining a project and am lucky to have quite a few different helpful contributors who regularly assist. That said, there is one contributor in particular who can be extremely opinionated and a little bit difficult to work with. They’ve assisted me throughout and spent a lot of time on the project, so I want to respect the work they’ve put in, but I also think they feel a bit too much ownership and I’ve seen them down-talk other newer contributors. I’m trying to approach this diplomatically and would appreciate any advice!

Share your thoughts and let’s help a fellow DEV member out! Remember to keep kind and stay classy. 💚

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