In Which He Expounds on the Differences Between Newbs and N00bs



Let's begin with this scruffy little thing from urbandictionary.com :

Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

Now, besides the fact that this was very clearly written by a greasy 17 year-old with too much bandwidth and too few friends-that-aren't-hyperlinks, we do need to thank him for pointing out the very real and very important difference between newbs and noobs.

To summarize:

  • A newb is someone who is a novice in a particular field, and who, although he or she might not know terribly much, and /or often get things wrong, is willing to learn and grow.
  • A noob is also a beginner… but this kind of newcomer has no desire to learn for themselves or from their mistakes.

Everyone is a beginner at something.

But until we can upload the required skills and knowledge of the field we want to master directly into our brains, we're stuck with having to go through being a novice. We learn, we grow and we get better, and eventually we master our new chosen skill.

When embarking on the acquisition of a new skill, though, you have a choice: be a noob or be a newb.

Those who are masters in their field quite like newbs. It's nice to be given the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, and so long as newbs learn from their mistakes, are prepared to try for themselves and don't pretend to know what they don't, they will receive tons of support and understanding.

Noobs, though, are almost universally despised. There's a strange combination of arrogance and neediness that makes noobs especially irritating. They want so much help, and are too afraid / lazy / needy to try and learn for themselves. Noobs sometimes also pretend they know things they don't, and fake being the equals of masters because they don't like to admit their own shortcomings.

Newbs are enthusiastic, noobs often complain and nag. Newbs see the value of their learning and try to find their own connections, noobs compartmentalize and fail to see the deeper significance of what they're learning. A newb will push ahead, a newb constantly wants to go back. Newbs are prepared to spend a lot of time in trying to master a field, noobs want shortcuts and cheats. Newbs are authentic, noobs are fakers.

But the major reason people really like newbs and really don't like noobs is that newbism is simply a better way to learn. Collectively we all know this. It shows that the apprentice has a passion for what they're learning and that they're prepared to work hard to attain mastery. Noobishness just smacks of apathy, parasitic neediness and laziness.

Newbism works, noobishness just annoys.

That is all.



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About Sean Hampton-Cole

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