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Old 08-24-2011, 02:45 AM
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A Picture is Worth ... Sounding Like a Broken Record

Last week Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote a post that was widely read: "Crazy: 90 Percent of People Don't Know How to Use CTRL+F."

"... This week, I [Madrigal] talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind: 90 percent of people in their studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command+F to find a word in a document or web page! I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don't use it at all.

"90 percent of the US Internet population does not know that. This is on a sample size of thousands," Russell said. "I do these field studies and I can't tell you how many hours I've sat in somebody's house as they've read through a long document trying to find the result they're looking for. At the end I'll say to them, 'Let me show one little trick here,' and very often people will say, 'I can't believe I've been wasting my life!'""

Note Russell's use of the phrase "let me show" you "one little trick" regarding how to do a search:

Granted, explaining -- make that showing -- simply and clearly, step-by-step, the "general database concepts and components, and their implementation in UR, in a video" that ashwken took 624 words to explain, would pose more of a challenge than the lowly CTRL+F concept. But even a few simple and clear screenshots would be better than nothing, especially than wasting our lives digging around the forums looking for help.
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