Misplaced helpfulness

richardr has a photo of Broadcasting House on Flickr. His photo is titled “White City”. That would be an easy mistake to make since they’re both BBC buildings, so I left a comment simply saying the photo seemed to be mis-titled White City, rather than Broadcasting House.

I thought I was being helpful. He replied by private message:

Your rudeness
Before you leave patronising comments on other accounts you might care to read the comments trail explaining why a particular title has been chosen.

I’m surprised that he’d consider my comment to be patronising, and slightly offended that he’d title his reply “Your rudeness” and block me on Flickr! Talk about over-reaction! I get comments like “DUNB CUNT GO SUK UR MOMS MILK NOOB” daily on YouTube (that particular gem was left for me yesterday) and I don’t respond at all.

I admit I didn’t read the 350-word essay he’d left in the photo comments, which now that I look explains in depth why the photo is titled as such. But I wouldn’t say it’s uncommon for people not to read huge swathes of text on a photo sharing website.

Oh well, at least he brought the smile of incredulity to my face. And the chance to trump his over-reaction by blogging about it. I dunno, some people!

Of course, I wouldn’t want to encourage you to leave a similar comment as if you’ve just stumbled upon it, explaining that he’s got the title wrong. That would be bad, and not funny at all of course. *snigger* (if you get there and there are no recent comments, that’s because he’s deleting each individually – I know at least three people have commented in the last hour!)

BBC White City Broadcasting House
These photos of White City and Broadcasting House are by Stevec77 and Speedwaystar respectively. richardr’s photo isn’t licenced for me to republish here, unfortunately.

7 thoughts on “Misplaced helpfulness

  1. You can block people on Flickr? When would you want someont not to see your photos? How strange

  2. Lol, what a knobjockey* :)

    *Honestly some people take themselves way to seriously on the interwebs.

  3. “richardr’s photo isn’t licenced for me to republish here, unfortunately.”

    Actually, for criticism and review purposes, you’re probably well within your rights to publish a small version of the photo here. That said you’re probably best sticking with your current policy :-)

    Incidentally readers, I am NOT the richardr in question.

  4. Saw the trick “no-tears card warp on u tube…trying to find out how to purchase it or do it..can find no magic companies that have it…any suggestions..thanks BIll Joslin

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