Monday, May 30, 2011

Questions of the Silly type


Ever since we moved away from the traditional pen-paper-calculator , posted letters, typewriters, I seriously think that the makers of newer and major software believe that our brains are going soft. Why else would the following incidents occur:

For example: When performing an action on the computer:

‘Are you sure you want to send…… to the recycle bin?’

‘Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?

‘Are you sure you want to delete all of the items in the Recycle Bin?’

‘Are you sure you want to permanently delete all the Items and Subfolders in the “Deleted items” folder? ‘
‘Are you sure that you want to permanently delete the selected item(s)?’

(All these are produced ad verbatim from the respective operating systems)

And what about the ever-silly “I agree” square to be ticked, when you’re installing a program? Do they seriously think that we are installing something without really wanting to, or that we’ll change our minds a few seconds after beginning installation? Or, are they warning that our program’s no good, hence we want you to agree beforehand that you agree that it’s good?

Here's to more brain-softening questions!!And, are you sure you want to leave a comment? If yes, click the comments box:)

4 comments:

shooting star said...

actually i have a different view..sometimes, we get confused or not properly paying attention and click delete or mistakenly do it...so these are just checks to prevent loss of data!!

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

LOL, they always have that Shift button to permanently delete things, and a few disgruntled geniuses have made little scripts to click those I agree and next buttons for you when all you want to do is sit and watch that blue/green progress bar fill up.

Nice post.

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete

Arunima said...

i think it is for people who are very fast in "Shift+delete" like me to confirm and think before acting on anything.

Also, writing these brain softeners is also a part of my daily bread and butter. lol!

austere said...

Excellent post... I've wondered exactly how stupid they think the average user is.