Is this coincidence? Did you notice this too? [SDMB user profiles]

When I read a post that I find interesting, I often check the user’s profile to get more information about him/her. Having doen this for a while, I couldn’t but notice a tendency I can sum up like this:

Many users don’t fill in the profile at all; others do partially, but leave some categories blank, apparently for privacy reasons. But if a poster filled out the Occupation category in his/her profile, it’s pretty likely (s)he’s employed in the computer biz - software development, network adminsitration, and the like.

Now I wonder: Is this

  1. because the computer guys hang around on the SDMB in large quantities (maybe due to free internet access at work?)?

  2. because computer guys are less concerned about privacy and are more willing to tell others about their jobs than other dopers are?

  3. not true, and I got the wrong impression?

Has anyone noticed this before?

I’d imagine the really techie people are so much more at home with the net and computers than some of us amateurs at home, and may have made sure to protect the computer with the latewst in anti-virus software, and the bast firewalls, etc, and are consequently less worried about privacy.

Sorry -um - that would be “latest” and “best”. (I use another VBulletin board that does allow editing, so am getting into bad habits.) :frowning:

Never noticed it before, but it begs the question:

Have you clicked on my name to see my profile? :wink:

Yes, I’m a techie. A tech writer/illustrator for computer hardware & software. So count me in as a geek. :smiley:

  • s.e.

Now all of us with something non-techie in our profiles are left to wonder…How can we get Schnitte to notice US?

Maybe it’s just a bizarre quirk of the universe that you’ve just found the computer-related people’s posts more interesting? Click on the profiles of people whose posts bore you to tears and report back.

Computer nerds put in their occupation because they know that no one can resist a comp. sci. expert, so it increases their dating changes. People like writers, musicians, international playboys etc… know that the competition is too tough so they leave it blank with the hope that they will be mistaken for programmers.

Originally posted by Schnitte:
**Now I wonder: Is this

  1. because the computer guys hang around on the SDMB in large quantities (maybe due to free internet access at work?)? **

No! It’s because computer geeks have a difficult time with IRL relationships and they’re always trolling on the 'net; looking for Mr. (or Ms.) Goodbar. :smiley:

:::ducks & runs:::

My occupation listing, of course, is far more accurate than anyone else’s.

When did they fire you from the “tooth-brush qulity controller” position, SPOOFE?

I can’t remember whose profile (among the posters here) I checked, and I can’t say I never encountered anyone with complete Occupation category who was not employed in the computer field. I jst had that impression.

But this thread is another example: Several people here filled in Interests and Location while leaving Occupation blank. I’d almost go with John Carter of Mars’s opinion. Although it’d apply to me as well, and I’m not in the business.

I’m in the computer industry and I SD for about 4 hours a day at work. Why? Because I can MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh gosh, I don’t work in the computer business.

I’m a student majoring in Computer Science.

Luckily, it doesn’t say so on my profile.

** Hey Arnold** What did you fix when you edited this post the first time??

:smiley: :smiley: