I am both delighted and overwhelmed by the deluge of smart and often responses to my last post: Let's Invent a New Word or Phrase: What do you call someone who "opts out of participating in something but then complains about the outcome. You made 57 comments -- by far a record for any Work Matters post and C.V. Harquail put up a related and quite inspiring conversation with Maren, one of her readers that i found very thoughtful. As you may recall, this was all sparked by an email from Mozilla's Asa Doztler, who asked the question. There are about 100 suggestions in the various comments and so many are wonderful, that is isn't easy to pick the best. So how about this. I will pick some I especially liked. Please let me know what your favorite is, or if you prefer another, and we will see what Asa and his colleagues prefer as well. Here are nine and I pasted in text when people offered it.
Lazy Bee. Instead of being a busy bee who helps everyone out and brings in honey, this is a bee who doesn't help out the group but reserves the right to sting you once the work is done.
Passhole. Describes someone who passes on the opportunity to contribute to an idea, then criticizes what others come up with. Also appropriate for a driver in the right lane who speeds up and recklessly cuts in front of you
"Inverted cheerleaders" comes to my mind; goes with the people who suffer from rectal-cranial inversion syndrome.
Submarines: They stay
at depth until the last minute (when you are about to ship a product or
are trying to pass a final milestone) and then pop up and torpedo
(obviously with no constructive criticism either).
Seagull: A "seagull contributor", like a seagull manager, usually holds themselves above and beyond the fray, but sporadically swoop down to steal your french fries and crap on everything.
Whampire: someone who whines while feeding off the energies of the living. Someone who whines while feeding off the energies of the living.
Free-griper: captures both the free-riding and the kvetching...
What is your favorite? Which one did I leave out that you liked even better? Any more suggestions?