Don’t be a “canuto”!

When I started this article, I thought it would only be a translation to English of a blog post, but then I realized that I should say why I’m translating it.

It happens to everyone that once we have learnt something, we want to show it to the rest. This applies at least to most of the things we are taught in life (if not all!). Think about for an instance: once you have learnt a valuable principle, you want to share it with others; once you have written a nice piece of code, you want to show it to everyone, test it, compare it, etc; once you have learnt to play a song, you want to play it for an audience; and so far, so on…

Well, this is the case! Angel Lopez wrote a mindset that encourages the reader to share what he knows with everyone. The original post is in Spanish (I talked to Angel about the idea of translating the post to English, and he thought it would be great! 🙂 ), so as I won’t be a “canuto” (this term is explained in the quoted text 😉 ), I’ll share what I’ve learnt and I’ll post it in English so that anybody (that speaks/reads in English, of course :P) can read it, leaving the reader without excuses for being a “canuto”! Hahahaha! 😛

The translated post:

Some years ago, I realized that information and knowledge should be shared. In the environment of Informatics,this position has been promoted due to the Internet. Some time ago, we managed ourselves with BBSs and FidoNet, then mail lists, perhaps some online forum. With the appearance of blogs, accessible domains, project host systems such as SourceForge, they have made that in our profession, we could get tons of information, examples, resources, all available online.

With so much information and knowledge, one could wonder: what can I provide? Everything counts, and it seems important to me to stress this “mindset” that I try to teach in every place I visit:

Don’t be a “canuto”

Do not “encanute” information to yourself, share it. I don’t know if you are familiar with the term “canuto”, “to encanute”, outside mi country Argentina. It means keep something to oneself, without showing it, to have it or use to oneself, without sharing it. In conclusion, do not “encanute” what you know.

I even dare to leave a “Don’t be a canuto” Maturity Model:

  • Don’t be a “canuto” Level 1: share your knowledge.
  • Don’t be a “canuto” Level 2: share your knowledge and mention the sources.
  • Don’t be a “canuto” Level 3: share your knowledge, mention the sources, and publishes it in the web.
  • Don’t be a “canuto” Level 4: share your knowledge, mention the sources, and publishes it in the web, adding links to resources, other options and related subjects.
  • Don’t be a “canuto” Level 5: share your knowledge, mention the sources, and publishes it in the web, adding links to resources, other options and related subjects, and publishes a digital or paper book and provides examples.

And you, in which position do you place yourself?

We’ll be reading each other!

Angel “Java” Lopez


Well, now, I should evaluate the article according to the “Don’t be a canuto” Maturity Model, let’s see:

  • Share your knowledge: Done.
  • Mention the sources: Done.
  • Publish it in the web: Done.
  • Add links to resources, other options and related subjects: Done.
  • Publish a digital or paper book and provides examples: Not Done (I don’t know if this applies to blog posts! :P).

Qualification: level 4. (Not bad, huh! :D)

I would like to suggest a kind of 6th level to the maturity model which would add: “writes it in several languages (programming and/or speaking)”. This could score the article with some extra points! 😛

Well, I’ll wait for the official qualification once Angel reads this! 😛

Cheers, Nacho!

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