ive been using computers since the mid-1980s. one of the best computer technicians in the region once told me: “theres always someone better.” hes a true expert– hes also a nice person.
look, everyone has off days, everyone gets frustrated, im not out to make a “safe space” for the internet. but theres more douchebags than experts out there, and everyone thinks theyre an expert. too many people never apologise for their behaviour.
what i do these days is, when i get tired of dealing with know-it-alls that dont listen and dont understand the question, being a jerk and telling you to learn x, i just say “to heck with x” (which ive probably used for a decade or more) im just going to work on something a little easier to learn.
whether its really easier or not is a matter of opinion (and personal research) but the thing is: i dont care if youre an expert. the fact that youre acting like a douche is the thing im paying the most attention to.
and honestly, your expertise is doing me zero good right now– because i use tools to better myself and make my life easier, not to sit at your f***ing feet.
so to be honest, take it and shove it. im done with so many of you “experts.” if more than a quarter of a century of learning and loving computers isnt enough time to gain your respect, just how much do you really think its even worth to me? also im not feeling great, and your general douchebaggery is particularly unwelcome today.
for everyone else: please dont judge all geeks based on these w***ers. everybodys (including non-geeks are) like this some days. but only some people make a career of it.
try to be a nice person, as much as you are able. its so simple, even experts can do it.
also if you hate gnu/linux because of this, i dont blame you. the situation just gets worse and worse, with less and less qualified people (no i mean less qualified, not fewer people, also wth now youre doing it too) putting out their shingle as an expert and treating people like garbage. its a nice operating system, dont judge it based on its fans.
someone mentioned september 1993 today, but if they had read the summary of what led up to it, constant pedantry and overpolicing was an underrated factor. im sure that will hold up to anthropological/historical scrutiny if compared to the fall of old great nations in general. somewhat related: you couldnt pay me to go back to debian or ubuntu after what happened a few years ago.
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