I’m a real person, too

Maybe it’s too early on a Saturday, or the fact that my 2 month old decided to wake me up too early on a Saturday, but I actually went to hacker news today.

The first article I read was this one, which was great. It’s informative, it tells me that if I build something that providing a Facebook/Twitter login feature would be good but don’t make it required.

So the article is informative. But it’s also insulting in a way. I don’t think it was intended. Here’s the sentence I’m talking about

It turns out real people actually are concerned about their privacy and wall spam, and would rather not connect to Facebook on their first experience with your site.

It turns out that I’m apparently not a real person, per whoever wrote this piece. Like, woah. Maybe I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but the last time I checked I am here.

The author probably meant something more along the lines of this.

It turns out that people who don’t follow tech as closely actually are concerned about their privacy and wall spam, and would rather not connect to Facebook on their first experience on your site.

I’m hoping that we can stop this kind of language going forward in any and all blogs/news articles/text messages/tweets/etc/etc/etc. It’d make me feel better as a person to know that I’m considered a real person.

 
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