May 11, 2010 12 Comments
For some reason which I’ve never understood (and still completely don’t, even as I write this piece), people seem inexplicably curious about the sort of UI others use. It’s a question I’ve been asked at least weekly since I began managing the Unholy Dps thread on Elitist Jerks, and it’s one I rarely, if ever, have bothered to answer.
Don’t get me wrong; I do get that “curiosity” aspect of it, where wanting to know just for the sake of knowing is all it takes. I do get that “cool” aspect of it, where wanting to know for the sake of being able to say that, “Hey, he uses X add-on just like me!” is the main reason. I do get that “useful” aspect of it, where wanting to know for the sake of drawing ideas for your own setup is the primary concern. I get it… to an extent.
But the issue is that there are so many factors which go into a UI which makes it individualized to such a degree that others can’t always properly interpret it. Is that guy using those keybinds because he’s a tool, or because he has a G15 keyboard or a Naga mouse which means the binds aren’t necessarily what they appear? Is that dpser using those raid frames because he’s odd, or because he occasionally heals/tanks? Is that stranger using close to the default UI because he knows no better, or because his computer is a decade old and can’t handle anything more complex?
The list could go on and on, but I think you get the point – simply looking at a screenshot of a UI doesn’t tell you everything you know for that picture to be complete.
All of that said, my UI?