This is pretty much true of any profession, but it seems distinct in people who work in technology. What do you guy think?
I’ve seen my classmates display this view, and I personally find it offensive. We were all users once, after all. We didn’t all come out of our mothers knowing how to code.
I’m pretty sure that Apple made a ton of money from considering users as neanderthals.
I had a co-worker ask for my help with scrubbing duplicates out of a excel file. But then ask me “to not use a developer mind set”. 0.o
Also being a developer and IT admin for a long time, I find this highly inaccurate. Seems like a very juvenile view. I have to admin, I might have felt this was accurate back in the 90′s or earlier. But since then, Developers, myself included, sometimes forget how to code things that make sense for end users. What good is being a developer if the user doesn’t find the tool useful and easy to use.
Which guy are you asking?
You have to make the program so that even the neanderthals would understand. Then they’ll praise you into heaven. Make it too hard and you’ll have an equal chance of someone using it / you might get a date…