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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-13 03:19
Subject: :: blink ::
Security: Public
Mood:melancholy
Tags:omaha, personal, travel
Morning at Eppley Field. Lake's Law of Seating is in full effect: "Those seats nearest an outlet will be occupied by someone not requiring that outlet, regardless of how empty the rest of the facility. Available outlets will be disabled."

I also find myself wondering why so many online sign-ups by American companies with a long list of countries insist on putting them in alphabetical order, when the vast majority of users will click "United States of America".

Leaving soon. It's going to be a long day.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2007-04-13 12:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I also find myself wondering why so many online sign-ups by American companies with a long list of countries insist on putting them in alphabetical order, when the vast majority of users will click "United States of America".

This falls under the heading of "simple in concept, difficult in execution." Javascript is good at alphabetizing, and a lot of these types of fields come pre-built as part of the language itself (a handful of them are available - for instance, if you a field called ZIP, it knows to accept nothing but five numeric characters).

Unfortunately, the hand-hacking necessary to stuff "United States" and "Canada" and "Jaylakistan" at the top of that list is non-trivial... it's far simpler to inconvenience users into hitting their U key and down arrow a couple times.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-04-13 12:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you guys really want to be top of the list, just rename your country. "Aaamerica, Land of Triple-A" should do the trick :)

I'm familiar with the problem - I deal with payrolls, and generally, when I see "Afghanistan" I tend to assume someone has forgotten to scroll down the list and select the country they really wanted. Though I'm sure at some point we actualy will get a client company with employees in Afghanistan, just to fool us.
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Jodi Davis
User: jodi_davis
Date: 2007-04-13 14:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's pandering. My pages come with USA and whatever relevant countries at the top. Depending on client and audience. A lot of times, marketing changes it because of complaints of US Supremacy and Arrogance at daring to have their name on top - NO SERIOUSLY! I've made them show me the emails after scoffing at them.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2007-04-13 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It may be a marketing decision. Some marketeers believe that putting USA at the top of the list out of order is a form of favoritism that will cost the merchant international sales.
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jenntheamazon
User: jenntheamazon
Date: 2007-04-13 17:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Isn't that the truth for all those that need outlets. *grumbles* I guess thats why extension cords were made. Hope the rest of your flight goes ok.
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Jen Volant: eyes
User: tacithydra
Date: 2007-04-13 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:eyes
Yes, but how do you know that the outlets near the occupied seats haven't been disabled as well?
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Yasmine Galenorn
User: yasminegalenorn
Date: 2007-04-13 19:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So, like, I saw you on the Lit Soup blog today--the bed party at Norwescon. Yeah, next year I need to stay at the hotel for sure. And yeah on the sign-up thang...I've wondered that myself.

Yasmine
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