I'm currently reading this reddit thread
, and when I got to this part:
"One of them always googles google.com to google things."
I almost spilled my drink. It's just so hilarious! Do you have similar stories?
For those who don't want to click on the link: Tell us stories about your co-workers or family members who are doing simple tasks in a roundabout way. For example printing a Word document, correcting the errors with a pen and typing the corrected version back in Word. Yes, there are people who actually do that.
I personally can't give you too much examples (still thinking though), but by reading the stories, I determined the list of basic errors:
Is there a trope for this? We have Robinson Goldberg Contraption
, but that's not this, since it is about machines that do simple tasks in a complicate way while looking cool
. The methods that these people use are not cool
, and the most painful thing regarding this is that it doesn't matter if you tell them 12 times, 54 times or 151818 times that their method is flawed/slow/ridiculous/baffling, they always say: "But it's simpler this way" - and for you there is nothing left to say
So share your similar stories here, while keeping in mind that the thread is not limited to computers, I welcome any story as long as it describes a simple task someone did in a recursively redundant roundabout
edited 30th May '11 4:28:01 AM by Sati1984