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PotatoCookie203183dI usually reply along the lines of "damn, never came across that issue. I'm afraid I can't help with that as I have no experience with <long slur of words containing "web assembly" and "network recursions"> websites. Maybe try to google it?'
Make them feel like they discoverd the rarest bug ever to have existed.
I don't care if they think I'm a good-for-nothing retard when it comes to computers, they don't pay me and I'm not tech support. It's good that they think that.
If granny struggles with her new printer fine, I'll go over and set it up. I even struggle with my printer from time to time.
But if my wife comes with shit like A LOGIN FORM, the only thing I'd ask her is if she passed reading in elementary.
PaperTrail10364183d@PotatoCookie > "if my wife comes with shit like A LOGIN FORM, the only thing I'd ask her is if she passed reading in elementary."
Watching my wife fill out a form is painful
<she is getting stressed with every field>
Wife: "Name..name....my first name?"
Me: "Yes, it field says 'First Name'"
W: "Do I put my last name here?"
Me: "Yes, field says 'Last Name'"
W: "Phone number? Do I put my cell number or the house number?"
Me: "Do you want them calling your cell number?"
Me: "Then type in the house number".
W: "I don't want them calling the house either!"
Me: "Phone is required, so pick one."
W: "YOUR NOT HELPING!!!"
On the flip side, she could write a book on the things I know nothing about. Child birth, laundry, comforting a sick child, etc etc. Its like she has superpowers when it comes to that stuff.
Oktokolo12648183dHint for the future: Let them go through password recovery first. Only if that doesn't work, guide them through account creation.
@PaperTrail You're too nice to people outside of your immediate family.
I've stopped giving help to people like aunts and uncles (for free). They usually don't value your time and effort and keep expecting free help "cuz family". Additionally, most of their IT problems can be solved by a really simple only search.
Lazy and cheap fuckers.
PaperTrail10364182d@PonySlaystation > "I've stopped giving help to people like aunts and uncles (for free). "
This is going to sound terrible, will often help my in-laws before my own family for that very reason. On more than one occasion I've ignored my sister's requests because I know the issue will drag me into a pit. TL;DR, she once tried to trick me into bringing over one of my printers I knew I wouldn't get back ("I just need to print XYZ, I'll bring it back when I'm done, I promise"). Nope. Already 'lost' enough cables, paper, batteries, etc she was too lazy/cheap to get on her own.
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