Don’t Be This Guy

Remember, kids: before you sass-talk someone, update your Flash player plugin. And make sure that person hasn’t taught at your school and isn’t on a first-name basis with your faculty.

12 thoughts on “Don’t Be This Guy

  1. Robert Schultz

    I don’t have anything to say about the post itself… but I thought I’d let you know that the same flash links don’t work for me either.

    The tongue comes out of the mouth, but clicking on any of the things on the tongue results in just the tongue resetting and then coming back out again. No page opens up or anything. The text links at the bottom of the page do work.

    I’m running Chrome 24.0.1312.52 under Linux with Adobe Flash This is the latest version available for Linux+Chrome.

    So either you have a bug with your menu code there, or it requires a flash version later than I have. If the latter, I’d look into how I could get it working with older flash versions.

    I hope I haven’t come across too ‘dickish’ :)

  2. Brian B

    I think it is the near-constant sarcasm in the messages that are dickish. As oppose to the act of filing a bug.

    I can confirm the same behavior on Chrome 24 for Mac. Also with Safari 5.1 and Firefox 15 running Flash 11.5.502.146.

  3. TjD

    Does not work for me either on Chrome 24.0.1312.56 m. My 2 cents is that on average less than half a percent bothers to take the time to tell a site owner that something is broken. These people, even the sassy ones, are valuable. Also, your bottom links do not appear on first sight on my 17 inch screen.

  4. Boo

    You seriously responded to an inquiry about your website by calling someone a dick?! Nice professionalism, dude. Be the bigger person!

    Also, telling your users to just use text links instead of Flash links (really? who uses Flash links anymore when everyone’s on a mobile device?!) is about the worst usability fail I’ve seen in a while.

    Calling someone a dick and a clown and THEN tweeting this awful blog post out to others in the industry — cemented apparently many opinions that I’d never look to you to create games for kids, teens, tweens and preschoolers, let alone be a teacher anywhere.

      1. Dog


        You shouldn’t show us this but those guys calling u unprofessional cause u revealed to an idiot that he is an idiot (whatever his age is, an idiot is an idiot), are just fags or female or rabbits

        btw the links don’t work

  5. seth

    That kid was probably genuinely interested in your site and what you do and was attempting to give your company more exposure or he would not have taken the time to inform you that your links don’t work. Sure he could have worded it more politely, but I don’t sense any malice intent by him. But you on the other hand have responded in a very dickish way with obvious intentions to make that person feel like shit. The fact that you would even post this on your site makes me question your judgment and who you are as a person.

    1. Ryan Henson Creighton Post author

      One of the things i try to do on the site is to post articles to help students and recent graduates parse the professional world. i do it because during that period in my own life, i felt lost, and i often did or said the wrong thing and could have used some coaching and mentorship. (i continue to say and do inappropriate things, actually … i never lose the need for a mentor!)

      i’m not very compelled by your suggestion that this first-year private college student could have given my company more exposure. If that’s the kind of publicity i’m chasing, i’m in a bad place. But i did think he came off astoundingly rude in his email, and told him so. The student later apologized for his tone, and even clarified that English wasn’t his first language – a point that wasn’t apparent in his opening salvo.

      To the folks saying “he’s right – your buttons don’t work”, please understand that this post was about the tone of that email, not the content. As someone who struggles with tact on a daily basis, that’s the aspect i intended to highlight.

      1. seth

        I was saying that he was attempting to give you more exposure. I don’t know if he has the ability to actually give you more exposure. It just doesn’t seem too professional when someone has mistakenly, or not, steps on your toe to slap them on the face in kind to teach them a lesson. Just simply pointing out that his suggestion came across as being rude and that he that if he wants a meaningful response back that he should be more mindful of how he words his comments. or just not reply back.

        1. Ryan Henson Creighton Post author

          (A bizarre point! Nothing to do with giving me exposure – he had a school assignment to write.)

          The subtext here is that i taught at his school, and it was a terrible experience. It’s one of these private colleges that charges an arm and a leg for tuition, takes you if you have a pulse, and graduates you no matter what. i had eight students. Six of them legitimately failed the course – and failed the most insultingly easy assignments and pop quizzes. The school asked me to give them a group work assignment, so that the two halfway decent students could do all the work and inflate the grades of the other jackholes in the class. i refused to do it. i told them that whatever spin they decided to put on it, two students passed, and six students failed spectacularly. (The school decided to pass six and fail two instead.)

          So a few years later, i get this audacious and insulting email from one of their students. If my reaction seems a little overboard, that’s the history behind it. The school is packed with clowns. Private colleges like these are a blight. They have absolutely no standards or aspirations to excellence, and they deserve to be rebuked at every opportunity.


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