How knowledgable are you with computers?

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How knowledgable are you with computers?

  1. Guru

    3 vote(s)
    6.4%
  2. Expert

    11 vote(s)
    23.4%
  3. Power User

    20 vote(s)
    42.6%
  4. Experienced User

    10 vote(s)
    21.3%
  5. Beginner

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  6. Dumb ***

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
By Nic
May 25, 2003
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  1. Please rate how knowledgable you feel you are as a computer user. If you wish, you can also leave a comment on how you arrived at your rating.

    Use this as a guide ...

    Guru: I know everything about computers and can figure out everything on my own. I never have to ask anyone for help. I can learn anything on my own.

    Expert: I know a lot, and can figure out most things on my own. I seldom have to ask anyone for help. I can learn most things on my own, but occassionally need to seek clarification from others.

    Power User: I know more than most users, but still have a lot to learn. I can solve most problems on my own, but occassionally have to ask for help. I can learn most things on my own, but sometimes need to get a little help from others.

    Experienced User: I know enough for my purpose, and will pick up new skills when I need to. I can fix common problems on my own, and know where to find answers for problems that are not common. I can learn most things on my own, and will seek assistance when required.

    Beginner: I don't know a lot yet, but I am learning more each day. I can fix simple problems on my own, but need assistance for problems that are not obvious. I can learn some things on my own, but won't tackle things that are too technical, and will seek assistance when required.

    Dumb ***: I know absolutely nothing about computers and need to ask for help very often. Other's get frustrated at my lack of understanding.
  2. negroplasty

    negroplasty TechSpot Maniac Posts: 535   +12

    One Power User here! I seldom ask for help, but that's not enough to make me an Expert; got a while until I get there ;) !

    Interesting thread Nic, it will be interesting to see what others' think of their skills on computers.
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    I chose expert. 95% of the time I can figure it out on my own, but like all levels of users (other than those that are too good for help) I do need to ask questions at times. Lots of times if I think asking a questions will get the answer to me quicker I'll do that instead of waiting on myself to figure something out hehe. If knowledge is abundant and easily accessible as it seems to be here, I find myself asking a LOT of questions. I'm pretty hungry for knowledge. After all, the more questions you ask, the quicker you become smarter :p
  4. novicegamer

    novicegamer Newcomer, in training Posts: 119

    I am A Power Dumb ***;)
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Well.. I don't know much about IBM z/OS.e, for example. Does that make me a beginner? :giddy:
  6. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    Power user.

    with some modesty ;) looks at some people around ...
  7. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    Somewhere between power user and experienced user! Thats what i think.
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    There should be a rating called, "God" for myself. ;)

    I know everything about everything everywhere. :p
  9. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    hehe, follows the normal gaussian distribution so far ;) all seems correct :p
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    I voted for Dumb ***.

    The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know.

    I am ashamed that I don't know more about cisco networking, various types of programming like bash shell scripting, python, perl, etc. I should know more about relational database managment systems like Oracle, and it goes without saying that I should know MUCH MORE about UNIX.

    There's so much I want to know and I reckon I will be spending my whole life learning it. So therefore, dubbing myself anything other than a ******* is wrong. Because I am a *******.
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Oh, and if ANYONE calls themselves a guru, I will torment you until the end of time!
     
  12. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    so the normal progression should be ******* > beginner > experienced > power user > back to ******* ;)
  13. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TechSpot Guru Posts: 526

    Probably power user, although sometimes feel like a dumb ***. All I want is for my puter to do as I ask it all the time, is that too much to ask?
  14. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,928

    I guess once you're getting close to becoming a Guru, you reach that moment of enlightenment/realisation, and make a sharp drop back down to the bottom, and start all over again (looks like some members will be making their first iteration/loop pretty soon).

    Just like P66 said, the more you learn, the less you feel you know, and that probably comes with a growing awareness of all the things you didn't realise you didn't know. :confused:

    Again, if we look at the votes so far, we can see that even God doesn't know everything. :D

    Something I noticed, and that DigitAlex pointed out, is the Guassian distribution (bell curve) of the votes so far. Seeing as this is kind of a technical forum, we can see that most users are distributed towards the more experienced end of the curve. Surprisingly, we have no Gurus yet. Thats right, not even me. After P66's comment, I feel we are unlikely to see any Gurus (or large egos that think they are Gurus) here at Techspot. :cool:
  15. novicegamer

    novicegamer Newcomer, in training Posts: 119

    I beleive we call those 15 year olds :grinthumb
  16. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I would consider myself a power user. Like others I don't know everything, but I can probably figure most things out on my own, before I have to ask someone. And usually when I do ask, it is just for self assurance to my own thoughts.
  17. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    still follows gaussian :)
  18. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    I had to choose Guru because when people call me to fix their computer....all I have to do is lay my hands on it and it's fixed.

    I can figure out most anything and what I can't, I can find by searching so I've never had to ask.

    Google is your friend.
  19. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,510   +308

    Nice poll... well, Power User for me, you can never learn enough neither know it all.
  20. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    Hehe Tarkus let's just now wait for Phant to read your Guru explanation hehehhee

  21. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504


    get a grip. no one is a guru. I am not, and I am sure you are not either. Just because you know some things doesn't make you a guru.

    A guru knows a hell of a lot more than anyone on this site.
  22. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    Wooteh, I was right :)

    He's started tormenting our new guru :D
  23. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    hehe. I saw the Guru section with a 1 .... was like "uh oh!"

    and yea, you are NOT a guru because you can fix your friends 'puters. If you were a guru you would be making about at LEAST $200,000 year, and would probably be working along side Bill Gates.
  24. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Yeah, fixing your friend's computer does not make you a guru. Sorry.
  25. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    Too bad i can't take my vote back and vote for guru, I can fix computers too !

    Why do you look at me like that, guys ? :D

    :p


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