Am I Annoying?

Are You Annoying? asks a recent article by Computerworld.

Do you tell IT insider jokes that users don’t understand? Do you sprinkle technical jargon through discussions with business people? Do you find that you’ve usually got the right answer to any problem and you let everyone know it? If so, you may be something you didn’t think you were: annoying.

I don’t think I am annoying, I mean sure I post long winded articles about gadgets that doen’t exist yet, but no one is forcing you to read this here blog. When I am donning my IT professional cap I try to be as polite and understanding to the user as I can be.

As I was reading this article I came across this paragraph:

And IT folks often require the “right” decision, says Gerry McCartney, CIO at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia. “[They] have difficulty between shades of gray,” he says. “Sometimes there are a lot of ‘rightish’ answers,” and insisting that there’s just one can be annoying.

And I was totally like, ‘Dude, I know him.’ Mostly because I work in IT at Wharton (I have finally given up any sense of anominity I had on this thing. I have realized that I have my full name posted all over this blog, and pictures of myself, so who am I fooling?).

But Gerry is right about ‘rightish’ answers, I often say that there are 3 right answers to most technical questions (sometimes there are far more).

Anyway, do YOU think I am annoying? And if so, why are you still reading this blog?


4 responses to “Am I Annoying?”

  1. I know a lot of IT people who believe that their way of solving a problem is the most right of the rightish answers, saying things things like, “Hmmm, I see how that [solution] could work. It’s not how *I* would have done it, but I guess it will do.”
    Any group of know-it-all professionals that tells insides jokes is annoying. IT is just an easy target, maybe because a lot of us dress funny.
    Scott, you are so not annoying–I love reading Blankbaby!

  2. Well I certainly dress funny, mostly because I am so darned good looking it just doesn’t matter.
    And sometimes there are ‘more righter’ answers, especially when they are my answers.
    Thanks for thinking I am not annoying, I have a very fragile ego and I need constant encouragement.

  3. Are You Annoying?

    While trolling for Mac tips and experiences, I stumbled (thanks to Blankbaby for the link) across this article – categorised in the careers section of Computerworld. Ok so IT staff can come across like Nick Burns (your company IT guy)

  4. Are You Annoying?

    While trolling for Mac tips and experiences, I stumbled (thanks to Blankbaby for the link) across this article – categorised in the careers section of Computerworld. Ok so IT staff can come across like Nick Burns (your company IT guy)

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