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Right. Sometimes text is a terrible medium, especially if people have attachment issues with their code (all the more reason to make branches small and short lived!). I try to make liberal use of happy emojis so folks understand that I'm not trying to be a jerk. Sometimes pointing out flaws in code can cause a visceral reaction that we need to be careful with.

I generally try to avoid taking a code review to a phone call or video chat unless I'm really struggling to understand a branch. I find that having the discussion in written form is helpful for the rest of the team and other reviewers of the PR. Once the conversation moves to voice or video, the context of that conversation can be lost unless the PR author or reviewer goes back to recap the discussion in the PR itself.