What I like especially is that even though he became blind at the age of 16 it does not appear to have slowed him down in the least.
> ... my votes are not counted.
I can understand if you really just don't care, but I was just wondering if you'd taken any steps.
And I've upvoted it for you. I had a half a mind to do so anyway, so you just tipped the balance.
Normally I still reflexively upvote stories that I find interesting and then I remember that the votes aren't counted before the arrow even disappears. This time it got to me because this is a really interesting article that might have gotten lost in the junk.
On a more positive note, my flagging privileges have been magically restored.
edit: and some smart-ass flagged it. Too bad.
> Thanks Colin.
> I don't feel that I should have to beg for a privilege
> that is afforded even the newest account on HN. It just
> bugs me every now and then such as in cases like these.
> I probably lost my upvote capability due to some perceived
> slight and I'm very much tired of that sort of thing.
> ... if a user interface component is non-functional it
> should be grayed out or not there at all. At least that
> would be clear, open and honest.
> edit: and some smart-ass flagged it. Too bad.
Actually I find this quite interesting. While of course I agree with you in terms of "what is good UX," things get interesting when you consider GX---Group Experience, or the experience of many users.
I realize it's not fun to have one's own (probably arbitrary) reduction of privileges philosophizer about, but it's still interesting to me. So much of our UX thought is built around "help the user at just about any cost." It's interesting to think about different situations.