Cyber Follies

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    Jan 25, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
    First, let me make it clear I think RealJock has to be one of the best social networking sites around. I continue to be amazed by the number and high quality of services and options available here, and the most amazing thing is it's all free. But I do have a suggestion involving what I call cyber follies, not like in singing and dancing, but as in - blunders. RJ has no corner on this particular one, either. It's rife in today's Internet environment.

    So let's say I'm looking up a profile for studlyguy. In a second or so at most either I get no matches, or a couple, or quite a few. The problem is, when I get quite a few they are NOT LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. They may go on for several pages. To find the one I'm looking for I have to go through them one by one, and studlyguy might be the last one on the last page. Is this inefficient, or what? It's one of the ironies of the computer age - we have these capabilities and yet they don't always make things faster or easier.

    One of the things that seems to have disappeared today is alphabetical indexing. Now although finding something on a list is no problem for a machine - it's just looking at numbers anyway - for a human being an unsorted list is grueling and a plain waste of time. Could it be we're designing things for machines instead of people? Wait - isn't machines taking over the theme of so many sci-fi stories I wish I had a dollar for every one? Yes to both questions.

    The indexing issue is only one of many examples of how the tail is now wagging the horse (I know, but humor me). Another one is the Frequently Asked Questions feature - FAQ for short. To whoever came up with this idea I'd just like to say, "FAQ you too, buddy (or buddette)." It's hard to think of a more stupid way to try to find something than reading through a list of other people's questions to see if they might be asking the same one I am.

    Another cyber folly is less menacing, but equally prevalent. Somewhere back at the dawn of computer programming someone used advertising jargon in the operating instructions. So he or she (sorry, I still refuse to use "they" for a single individual) wrote something like "you can easily do this" or "you can quickly do that." The adverbs "easily" and "quickly" are now entrenched in virtually all operating instructions, and I wish I had a dollar for every time THEY are used. And all they really are is total fluff. But, I digress.

    So I have a plea not only to RealJock supes, but to the Great Cyber Moguls everywhere - please give us back our alphabetical indexing. It's no sweat for a machine to generate, and it means a great deal to horses who are tired of being treated like tails.

    One more thing, all readers, especially machines, please note: Nowhere in this have I mentioned a single word about anyone being "in error predicting the fault."
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    Jan 25, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    why is your text so small
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    Jan 26, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    Lots of sites have filtering options but you can also use CTRL+F to find what you're looking for. RJ's just a little behind on the times but it works and doesn't bombard my web browser with a bunch of flashy animations and gliterry text like myspace
  • MikeW

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    Jan 26, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    McQueen saidwhy is your text so small

    Probably poor eyesight. It's common with us ancients.

    @ the OP: a) aren't you a bit grey in the tooth to be looking for studlyguys?; b) you can't pitch a fit around here without hitting one; c) the search list is organized by last log-in; and d) alphabetization would be nice as an option BUT may not be an option in the software used for this forum's search mechanism. If that is the case, reprogramming would be required.

    ETA: Welcome to the forum, fellow old timer. Beware, this is an unruly place full of snarky youngn's.