The Approaching Curve

Quick updates – popped all affiliates in the sidebar except for those on hiatus or who are inactive. Just a quick note: I appreciate all affiliates, and the reason I have a “loved” section is because these affiliates keep in contact more than the others, and I feel a lot closer to them. That isn’t to say that not everyone deserves to be there, it’s just that I want to make things easier for myself.

I didn’t get enough sleep last night; I’m an angry girl right now. 😠 I slept late, at about two o’clock in the morning, because someone was keeping me up. Why? Because they couldn’t get a layout to work properly.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to help people. What I don’t love is when people ask me to practically do things for them. I absolutely love to help people. It’s why I write reviews, why I accept questions and emails for help. I just won’t do things for people when they can find out themselves. Examples?

Help me with my layout. Sure. I will help you solve a problem, and I’ll give you my opinion. But stop asking me to basically do all the coding for you and find errors which you can find yourself. The code validators are there for a reason. They tell you why you have an error.

Numerous times people have asked me for help regarding validation. That’s what my tutorials are for. I always have to refer people to my tutorials, because all they do is keep asking me personally. And I have to sift through their mess of a coding to find that they put an extra </div> at the end of their coding. Which is equivalent to forgetting the full stop at the end of a sentence. I work in an education centre with kids. I show them they’ve missed a full stop with just one mark on the page. They understand it. So the validator tells you what’s wrong – go fix it.

How does this work? Often, it’s a simple answer. Google it. People have asked me how things work. For example, a script like Bellabuzz. They don’t know how it works, when the answer is clearly written in the documentation or the readme file.

There’s a reason why it’s called readme. You read it, no? 🙄

So back to my story. I was helping someone until two o’clock in the morning. They wanted to get things working on their layout. I referred them to a tutorial of mine, until I found out that all my help had gone to waste, because the way I sorted their problem was to center the layout, and they didn’t like it.

They then proceeded to start an argument with me about centered layouts being unoriginal and boring, and how left-aligned layouts are better and people can see them better.

As Swetlana mentioned, a person looks at what is in front of them when they look at a screen. This person said that their eyes go automatically to the left of the screen.

Um, are you a freak? Sure, by convention, we read from left to right, unless you’re reading a Japanese or Arabic text, for example. But, having a centered layout is good because it is centered in all resolutions. A layout aligned to the side isn’t bad, of course. But if you have an exceptionally large screen, it’s not going to be very practical.

My eyes do not automatically go to the left of the screen when I am using a large 25-inch Apple monitor. As Swetlana said again, your eyes look at what is in front of you. Why do you THINK we have peripheral vision?

Why do you THINK they invented mirrors on the sides of cars? We’re not owls.

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