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Major facepalm moment!
Baseline for Stupid Problems [via Reddit]
I love this blog but I’m becoming increasingly put off with all the ‘stupid end user’ comics. Worse than that, notice how the ‘stupid customer’ is always a ditsy woman? C’mon, How-To-Geek, you’re better than this. At least, I’d like to think so.
As a web developer who has to deal with ‘stupid end users’ all day, I love this stuff.
Not sure why that bothers you do much I work as tech support where I live and most of the stupid issues usually are ditsy women and writing about the normal issues that everyone has just isn’t that funny.
I agree with efemmeral. This is “How To Geek” as in “How To”. Now it’s purely subjective that I am personally sick of seeing these meme comics as they’re usually very amateurish, not really clever, and are funny perhaps in a lowest-common denominator sort of way (if at all.)
There used to be separate sites here for “Productive Geek” and “IT Geek” (or something like that) – maybe move all these comics, trivia, and wallpapers to a different page (or move the “How To” content to a different page, I’ll be the one who moves.)
I do like these comics… and I don’t mean to be sexist, but most of my clients are women….. just sayin… (Not to say women can’t use a computer and men can… I know quite a few women who are computer gurus and men who can’t even turn on a computer without crashing it; my Dad being one of those men… and yes there is a story behind that one…), but it just is one of those things… women are generally better at some things than men, and men are generally better at other things than women. :)
I work as desktop and call center support in an office that is approximately 50% gender split.
My internal problem users are approximately 50% gender split.
My external problem users are very split – typically, it’s the male “tech guys” who screw stuff up because they don’t understand basic troubleshooting, and the female customers who try to muddle through but, unlike the male customers, will listen when you try to help them fix what they broke.
@All – I have personally seen the problem users divided pretty evenly between genders… The comics chosen for this week were not picked with the intention of being “aimed or directed” at one gender over another…they are simply the ones that stood out as candidates of stuff that we have all likely encountered in one form or another while helping others and would hopefully provide a moment of humour.
Anything beyond that is reading far more into it than was ever there…
Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and Google+.
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