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A kitty dies when someone says “experience” instead of the “user interface”. Aren’t you aware of it?

March 15th, 2011

Like the title says, am I the only one to realize that a little kitty dies in a horrible way whenever someone says “experience” instead of “user interface”? I didn’t even know how widespread it was prior to reading the Mark Shuttleworth’s article and all the replies on various blogs.

But now, I have this uncanny feeling that I’m in a minority and all’s lost, no one except for me can see the utter absurdity of saying  “The user is always able to install a different experience”. Say what?! To install an experience? I understand installing a different window manager can instill an experience of some sort but installing one? Isn’t that going too far?

What bothers me in it is that the first time I saw it was when I was installing some proprietary software and the thing asked me if I was interested in anonymously sending the installation’s experience to the company producing said software in order for them to improve my experience next time. I don’t know if I can even fully appreciate the ridiculousness of such a request. My experience is mine and is bound to be so and can never be expressed anonymously, that’s the whole deal about experience, that it’s so personal. Leave out the person and you’re left with a corporatesque gibberish meant to attract clueless victims so that they can be squeezed out of any juices left.

That’s why I was so disappointed to spot the damn term when people were talking about open-source software, I mean come on! You can do better! You don’t have to sound like some PR people speaking out to customers instead of people. I know it sounds boring and a bad style to use the same word or an expression over and over again but really, snatching the worst of what the proprietary world has to offer and using it in open-source environment sounds slovenly beyond any hope my friends! :-)

A picture of a cat sitting on a railing on a high floor. The caption says: You say "experience" and I'm gone!

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