Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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What I got from Thom's article is that polarizing the issue by dichotomies doesn't help the matter. Not every non-geek is an extroverted, loud person who thinks while they are talking, and not every geek is a introverted, self-absorbed person lacking manners, because they only understand things, and not people.

I'm not saying geeks shouldn't complain. I am saying that when fellow geeks give me a "you are an utter moron and total noob for not knowing what I expected you to know" when I demonstrate what I don't know or understand isn't appreciated, or helpful... and sometimes it's more so BECAUSE I have a better idea of what I'm doing compared to others. Maybe some of them DO want to drive non-geeks away and be elitist and cliquish but they aren't doing any favors for those of us who want to help them.

I'll go away and read up when that happens, especially as words don't talk back, but not everyone learns that way. Yes, I was trained as an educator at one point and I am speaking as such.

Laziness, ignorance, and impatience derail many a user, yes. This has always been around since technology existed (flint and steel, bow and arrow, etc.), I'm sure. It will impede those who would teach just as much as those who would learn. It's a two-way street.

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