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  1. Lucien
    05/18/2017 @ 10:57 am

    I have one online friend who kinda treats me similarly to a website tools-related search engine, periodically asking me if I know how and where she can get Photoshop for free, names of free graphic and code editors she can use, sites with free css stylesheets, etc.
    I’ve already given her several links to websites and tutorials about those subjects she can check herself, but she has always come back asking me the same questions again and again; I’m starting to think that this person thinks sooner or later I’ll give her my own copies of the programs I use with relative serial keys….sorry, not gonna do that as all the editors I use are all pretty cheap and she can (relatively) easily afford them.

    P.S. = Since I neglected my online life, I didn’t know about your domain change (and let a comment on another site of yours); I’ll update your link a.s.a.p. :P

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    • Adri
      05/19/2017 @ 11:55 pm

      Haha, thank you for visiting. I know, it’s been a long quite while.

      I used to be like most people (hobbyist), where we search for high-end software to do our (hobby) work such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for free. But, because Adobe today now has gone through SaaS (software as a service) where you just start paying the monthly subscription to use the software without getting worried about security vulnerabilities and all the other legal matters, I switched and subscribed (still pricey, but at least it won’t cost me an arm and a leg to use it haha).

      The misconception with a lot of people towards computer science, web design/development, and such is that you’re a “poser” if you look for your answers through Google or even read tutorials. I actually had that misconception too when I first started, but my professor (for my web publishing class) gave me the reality that because technology updates really fast, there’s just no way that you’d be some “hardcore programmer” by writing everything on your own and then memorize all the concepts of the language you’ve learned. This is where the popular “impostor syndrome” dilemma through beginners and even professionals alike. I’ve learned from the instructors and even expert professionals that the “real deal” developers and programmers are the ones who suffer impostor syndrome (the people who don’t feel that they’re good enough to be considered a developer/programmer because they spend so much time searching Google and read tutorials to learn and be good at what they do). The ones who are posers are the ones who look down on people who use Google and tutorials for their projects LOL. I think the latter sounds like your friend. Haha.
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  2. Cristina Cocioaba
    05/18/2017 @ 11:33 am

    Funny fact, here in Romania, we celebrate mother’s day on March 8th, so I guess for me it was just another day. But yeah, mothers and family is important. We should cherish everyone every single day, not only on national holidays dedicated to them. I guess I have this opinion on these kind of holidays. Why do we celebrate love on Valentne’s Day, when we should celebrate and cherish it every single day?

    Moving on. I totally agree with you. All the things I learned about coding were by searching on forums, reading tutorials or books. Every single time I didn’t know how to code something, I searched it online and applied everything I learned until I found it right. For the theme I currently have I worked a lot, not because of the coding I had figured out already, but for three features that kept me hours and hours searching for solutions because my coding wasn’t working well. And now I know how to do them, and probably I will never forget it, because now I understood it.

    I don’t get people who are asking questions on and on. I am a strongly believer in doing your own research, because in my opinion, that is the best way to learn things. When I asked you for help it was because I searched on and on for an answer and I just couldn’t understand how to do it, and I am very grateful for your indications. But, I guess, some people are just lazy AF.

    Also, for stealing ideas, that is just rude. I mean, you can get inspired by somebody’s project, but you need to make it personal and unique. I guess people feel that, when you add your soul into something they receive it better.

    Take care <3
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    • Adri
      05/20/2017 @ 1:40 am

      I knew someone who didn’t believe in celebrating New Year’s Day because it’s just another day like the rest of the days. In a way, he had a point, but what he doesn’t realize is that New Year’s Day is also significant to many other cultures and countries outside the U.S. They also have different traditions of celebrating it too. But that’s an example. Valentine’s Day was originally the feast day of St. Valentine for Catholics and other Christians, but society has forgotten its significance/importance and decided to make it a day for love, teddy bears, roses, and chocolates (just like how Christmas is today). Anyway.

      Also, you can tell who has done his/her research before asking and those who hasn’t. For example, you explained to me what you did first before you asked for help. Even though I don’t have a direct answer for you, I did share you some links and ebooks and tutorials that may lead you to the right direction. Those who would just up coming to you and then ask “Hey, can you help me with how to do this?” or “I can’t do this. Can you just code it for me?” without even a form of explanation of what they wanted to do, what they’re trying to achieve, and what they have done first that would lead them to seeking help from their friends. Even when I gave links to tutorials, eBooks, and such, and no improvement at all, then you can already tell that they’re just lazy AF.

      The whole sharing ideas to friends is one thing, but then using those ideas and then put them to use on their own personal gain is something else. The difference with me and some people who get ideas from me is that I actually have enough material to put in as preliminary content, none of that copy/paste stuff with no source credits LOL.

      Take care also, talk to you soon!
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  3. Mikari
    05/19/2017 @ 6:10 pm

    Google is so useful, I wish people would use it more. Especially since sometimes all I do to give an answer is google it and read off the screen. At least I get paid to do that when I’m doing the IT thing at work XD

    Stealing other people’s stuff is the worse, I hate thieves of any kind >:(

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    • Adri
      05/20/2017 @ 2:36 am

      Haha yup. In fact, searching through Google or any other web browser has also become a requirement for many jobs as of late. A lot of people in various professions just don’t have the time to search stuff on the web by themselves, so they hire people to do all the searching for them. Now, this is on a work-related scene. It’s not the same as the whole “friends are not your personal search engines” issue here. Haha!

      The saddest part is that the majority of the people around the world don’t really care about these things, you know?
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  4. Tammy
    05/24/2017 @ 7:54 pm

    I can understand how irritating this can be. They expect you to know it all and if you don’t they’ll get pissed. But “Googling” has never been easier. If they’re lazy, they can use voice search/AI like Siri and Google Assistant.

    Was just done with this semester. Hopefully I can really start with refreshing HTML and CSS and be able to code my own layout and do my own graphics. But I’m thinking of doing my content first.

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    • Adri
      05/24/2017 @ 11:03 pm

      The way I ask my questions to the people on the Facebook groups and sites like SitePoint Forums, I mention about what I was trying to do, what I tried to do in order to accomplish that goal, and the problem that I’m running into. I even show examples of what I’ve done too so that people would be able to see whatever mistake I may have made. After providing all the info and the “back story” behind the problem, that’s when I ask the question. People would actually take the time to respond to it. If the site didn’t have the ability to display sample codes, that’s where GitHub (especially their Gist feature) is where it becomes helpful.

      And congrats on finishing your semester. I always aim for the content first, knowing that is usually the hardest to come up. Building and designing the site itself would be second.

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