Still not jumping the Daily Post-challenge, but the earthquake in Japan totally threw me off the course this morning. Reading the news made me forget everything else, but now I thought I’d still write a few lines here.
Many years ago, I used to moderate a Yahoo group [Yahoo Mail Help]. I quit the moderation part, that became way too overwhelming, like a full time job, but I’ve stayed in the group. Everyone who has ever had a Yahoo Mail account probably knows that they need all the help they can get.
This morning, I was once again reminded of how rude, and full of themselves, members of these online support groups can become. I read one of the rudest and snotty replies to a question that I’ve ever seen. Don’t know how it was allowed through the moderation que either. Had it not been so mean, it would have been almost hilarious because the person replying claimed to be ‘proficient in computers and internet‘ (!), but had apparently lost all social skills in the process and also the ability to spell in English. I’ve been online for a while and am pretty able to find my way around … both the web and the computer, but I’ll NEVER forget the feeling of total helplessness when things aren’t working and I don’t know what to do. We can’t all be experts in computer science.
I know how frustrating it can be when your mail account isn’t working properly and trying to contact Yahoo is one of the worst tasks you can ever take on, with all their automated responders. Experiences like those almost put me in a state of shock when I had to contact WordPress support at one occasion: A little while later, I got a reply … a very polite and helpful reply, to boot … from a real person!
Today, I just wrote what was on top of my mind without any kind of plan for my post. We’re under a rainfall warning here today, and that will take away the remaining snow.