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Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632763] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:06 Go to next message
Lalit Kumar B
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I had a discussion at lunch time with an intern at my workplace. Discussion started about mentioning date of birth on public forums. Especially, when it comes to technical forums.

Most of the forums(generally speaking, since few sites claim they are not a forum) have an option to mention date of birth, age etc. Either mandatory or mostly optional. What does it actually mean? How does it matter practically?

Whether such an input is demanded at registration page or not, does age really matters?
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632766 is a reply to message #632763] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It depends on the value one places on that word a lot of managers don't understand: experience.

Having said that, one cannot always infer wisdom from somebody's age Wink
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632767 is a reply to message #632766] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It reminds me a quote :

"Knowledge matters, not age".
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632768 is a reply to message #632767] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yet knowledge can be a function of age Smile
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632770 is a reply to message #632768] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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gazzag wrote on Thu, 05 February 2015 07:22
Yet knowledge can be a function of age Smile


or NOT!

Some folks may have "5 years experience" on paper; when in reality it is year 1 repeated FIVE times.
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632774 is a reply to message #632770] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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BlackSwan wrote on Thu, 05 February 2015 15:30

Some folks may have "5 years experience" on paper; when in reality it is year 1 repeated FIVE times.

Hey, don't knock it. I was 21 for the second time three years ago Wink
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632775 is a reply to message #632774] Thu, 05 February 2015 09:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There are exceptions to every rule; except this ONE!
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632782 is a reply to message #632775] Thu, 05 February 2015 11:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Of course age matters, so that we can decide who is allowed to tell who to get the hell off their lawn. Wink

Other than that, age is indeed perhaps the "simplest" experience indicator. Not only professional experience, but also an indication of "the times experienced".

Then again, I never felt an urge to specify by date of birth it in my profile.

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Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632788 is a reply to message #632782] Thu, 05 February 2015 12:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Being a boring old man, I find it hard to trust a technician who cannot remember MSDOS and the Apple 2. I feel that people brought up with Windows and Mac may not have sufficient experience of problem solving. You were on your own back then.
I also think that vi should be taught in the kindergarten.
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632790 is a reply to message #632788] Thu, 05 February 2015 13:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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No one should be able to use a GUI without first understanding the command line. And you're spot on with vi, John.
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632791 is a reply to message #632790] Thu, 05 February 2015 13:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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:wq!
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632792 is a reply to message #632791] Thu, 05 February 2015 13:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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s/:wq!/+1
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632793 is a reply to message #632792] Thu, 05 February 2015 13:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Laughing
Ah, man, Im still laughing. THank you.
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632874 is a reply to message #632793] Fri, 06 February 2015 08:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Anyone on stackover flow?
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632875 is a reply to message #632874] Fri, 06 February 2015 08:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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only when I write bad code
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #632886 is a reply to message #632875] Fri, 06 February 2015 10:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lalit Kumar B
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Lol...

Guess you are having an awesome Friday at work Smile
Re: Does age really matter in technical forums? [message #643045 is a reply to message #632874] Sat, 26 September 2015 15:17 Go to previous message
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Lalit Kumar B wrote on Fri, 06 February 2015 08:47
Anyone on stackover flow?


Here.

DBA StackExchange

https://dba.stackexchange.com/

I use it for Open Source databases and data stores. Not Oracle anymore. NO developer anymore. DBA.
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