A Simple Solution To Avoid Having To Repeat Yourself

A solution to avoid having to repeat yourself.

My mother’s apartment building has a security desk at the door, which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rain or shine, etc., etc.  Since there’s always a guard sitting there, rather than taking the time to check their mail by finding their key and opening the box, people constantly asked if the mailman had come by yet.  This building houses (rough guess) at least 300 people.  Now imagine if, say, 50 of those people asked you every day if the mailman had come by yet.  Irritating, right?

So, one of the guards came up with this simple solution.  She wrote the question on a piece of paper, tacked it on the wall, and then created a reversible Yes/No sign to hang on the wall.

The only thing that reduces the effectiveness of this solution is that this building houses a group of people who are blind, and I don’t see any braille on that paper.

Xanga Requires MAIL IN Age Verification Form

Are you serious? In this day and age a web service is still requiring a mail in form to verify age?  In fact, I’ve never heard of that before.  The closest I’ve ever seen was being required by Funcom to mail in a scanned copy of my driver’s license and the credit card I used to verify my identity when opening an Age of Conan account. Ya, I fell victim to that failed attempt at a game, but that’s another story…

Anyhow, in an attempt to put my content out in a few more places to draw people in to my main blog I figured… ‘Xanga… why not?’ and posted some stuff there.  I surfed around a bit and wound up clicking on a profile image in a comment section (I admit it, I was drawn in by the picture of the butt) and I was asked to verify my age.  So, I clicked Verify, and instead of just accepting what I said like most web services do, Xanga then prompted me to actually physically print a form out and mail it to them.


Honestly, I was stunned.

What do you think about this policy?  Is it a step backwards and a way to alienate users, or is it a surefire way to ensure that you won’t be sued?  (Because we all know that you won’t mail in a copy of your older friend’s driver’s license).