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Selfie sticks seem to split opinion, with some people using and adoring them, and others either laughing or complaining about them. The battle lines are being drawn up, and this technological trend is in danger of becoming a social pariah. So, what should we do about selfie sticks? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Long Live Linux

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux?

Out of a total of 461 votes, 52.9% chose Yes, I have already switched to Linux, 30.2% chose Yes, but I decided against doing so, 3% chose No, Linux holds no interest for me, 2.4% chose What is Linux?!, 1.5% chose No, Linux is overrated garbage, and 10% chose Other.

These results suggest the vast majority of those voting have at least considered switching to Linux Switching To Linux? Here's How To Choose The Right Distro Switching To Linux? Here's How To Choose The Right Distro Your first Linux distribution can sweeten or sour your future Linux experience. That's why it's important to get that debut choice right. Read More at some point in their lives. And the majority have actually followed through on that plan, rejecting Windows and Mac OS X for the open-source alternative.

This is unlikely to be representative of the whole MakeUseOf readership, as the question would have appealed more to those with a passionate view for or against Linux. Still, it shows why our Linux section is so popular, with Linux lovers being a very vocal bunch.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Cool Penguin Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Linux has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent. So, is it doomed to remain a niche operating system forever? Read More , Oneeyed Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Linux has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent. So, is it doomed to remain a niche operating system forever? Read More , and Jim Schofer Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Linux has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent. So, is it doomed to remain a niche operating system forever? Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Andrew Kelley, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Considered Switching to Linux? [MakeUseOf Poll] Linux has never quite broken out into the mainstream on desktops, with a market share sticking at around 2 percent. So, is it doomed to remain a niche operating system forever? Read More :

My deliberation as to whether or not to make the switch only took a few months or so. Once I figured out what printers and scanners were supported in Linux the best, the switch was a no-brainer. Brother is one of the ones I choose as the ink is cheaper for them as well although you do have to manually add the drivers, the support site for Brother walks you through the process quite well.

Out of 7 computers currently in use in my household 6 of them run solely on Linux in one flavor or another, with only one small nettop pc that runs Windows 7 for the purpose of controlling my telephone system by running PhonTrayPro, unfortunately that is the only software that I run that I have not been able to find a suitable Linux alternative for, but even this box is accessed by my Linux boxes via SSH/VPN for maintenance reasons as I run it headless. My server has been running 24-7 for nearly 8 years now with Ubuntu Server and has only seen downtime for reboots after updates as needed, very few (if any) Windows based servers can boast that kind of up-time.

I will be the first one to admit that not everyone will like or want to make the effort to switch to Linux, but for me it just works, and works well. My 8 year old Daughter has grown up on Ubuntu and finds Windows most distasteful, and as more children grow up with Linux as an option it may aid in the slow gradual shift away from the proprietary giants.

We chose this comment because it tells the story of how one person made the switch to Linux, revealing the whole process as ultimately painless. It also suggests that children exposed to Linux 5 Golden Rules to Live By as a New Linux User 5 Golden Rules to Live By as a New Linux User How do you ensure that your transition to the new OS is smooth? Stick to the following five rules and you should do just fine. Read More will grow up believing it to be superior to other operating systems. Which bodes well for the future of Linux.

Saving/Savaging Selfie Sticks

Selfie sticks have become a common sight in public, with the younger generation increasingly using them to shoot more interesting selfies The Best, Worst, & Funniest Selfies Of 2013 [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best, Worst, & Funniest Selfies Of 2013 [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we delve deep into the world of selfies, taking a look at the best and worst examples of this phenomenon that hit us in a big, bad way... Read More . But they’re not to everybody’s tastes, with some people viewing them simply as dumb, and others viewing them as an irritant that needs to be eradicated.

Several public buildings, such as museums and art galleries, have already banned selfie sticks from their premises HBO Now Set to Launch in April, Apple Delays iPad Pro Until September [Tech News Digest] HBO Now Set to Launch in April, Apple Delays iPad Pro Until September [Tech News Digest] HBO Now is coming soon, Apple delays the iPad Pro, EA closes Maxis, Chromebook battery killers, The Smithsonian bans selfie sticks, and Chappie explores artificial intelligence. Read More . As have music festivals and venues, which have updated their terms and conditions to expressly prohibit their use. We want to know what you would like to see done about selfie sticks.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you personally use a selfie stick? If so, why? Do you think this is a craze that will quickly fall out of fashion? Or are selfie sticks here to stay?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.

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  1. Robert O
    April 7, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I once took a "selfie" pic of myself lying in a hospital bed, with IV tubes coming out of my arms, and oxygen tubes coming out my nose, just because..... I don't know why. I thought it was a bit amusing, actually, proving I was close to dying. I didn't have a selfie stick, but if I did, I probably would have used it. And then died.

    Why do we do this sort of stuff? I think it's generally harmless fun, and really, as long as it's not intrusive on anyone else, it's not that big of a deal. But really... why do we do this sort of stuff? Are we really that self-absorbed? The correct answer is: yes.

    I've looked at some of the responses to this question here, and some people have remarked "why not just ask someone else to take a picture for you?" Well, I (like probably most people) would happily take your picture for you, but other people might not be so obliging. In fact, asking a stranger to do you a favor might be considered intrusive to their goings-about! And if you're in a foreign country, what's the social protocol to ask? Some strangers might even be hostile, or even steal your camera! You never know.

    I think most people do it just to document that they did something, experienced something, enjoyed something, or survived something, without troubling someone else to do it for us, or forcing an interaction with a stranger, or... leaving a "close one" out of the picture because they're the "designated photographer." I say this as someone who has probably had three photographs taken of me in the last 15 years, but I think I understand. You want documentation that you've actually LIVED! As long as you're not whacking someone else in the face with a selfie stick, it's not a big deal. It's a definite "first world problem" to complain about such a thing.

    Just don't make "duck lips" while photographing yourself, please. :-)

  2. R A Myers
    April 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    When selfies loose their popularity, so will the selfie sticks. Most of the dedicated selfiers will get tired of carrying a selfie stick.

  3. D T Stark
    April 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    The whole debate is silly, but not unexpected. Anything that annoys anybody, or that anyone believes might annoy somebody, must be banned in modern American society.

  4. Jayce
    April 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    These selfie stick discussions never point out an actual danger of using them. The only reason given is that people "don't like them" or "think they're stupid". What happened to personal freedom?!

    We can all agree that they're very convenient and cannot be easily replaced by extending your hand. And handing my expensive phone or camera to a complete stranger is a joke because they will never take the photo the way I wanted to take it let alone the high risk of theft.

    So unless there's a risk to people or property from their use, people should just mind their own business.

    • YearOfTheGoat
      April 6, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Google "selfie killed" or something similar.

  5. Fik of Borg
    April 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I find them utterly ridiculous, but if I accept the notion to ban them on ridiculousness grounds, I have to accept that someone proposes to ban MY ridiculous gadgets too

  6. Rich
    April 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I saw my first selfie stick just this past weekend. It was at a tourist area with hundreds of people standing in line waiting for an attraction. What happened to asking someone to take your picture? It would likely be framed far better than with a stick and you wouldn't look silly holding it to take your own picture.

  7. Ian Dunsford
    April 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Whilst I'd be quite happy if the things never existed, I don't think they should be banned per se. If individual venues wish to prohibit their use then that's up to them. They are a fad. Sooner, hopefully, or later people will stop buying them. Then we'll all move on.

  8. Mike Higgins
    April 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    If you need a group photo, whatever happened to asking someone else to take it?

    Anyone over 30 would have, at some time, been asked by a stranger "Can you take a photo of us?"

  9. Andy H
    April 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Selfie sticks normally help produce a nice picture. For the most part, people are mindful of other people and their surroundings. It's the few who are too self-absorbed to be courteous in public that can ruin the experiences of the majority. It's sad to have to make social rules and laws directed at those few when we should all know what is right and wrong in group settings.

  10. antkn33
    April 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    sterilize selfie stick owners, or anyone that even wants one.

    • gpwdeux
      April 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Only if we can sterilize idiots who think it is fever to use numbers as letters...

  11. Hildy J
    April 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I know what to do about them but I can't say it on a family friendly website.

  12. Danie van der Merwe
    April 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I anyway used to use my arm 10 years ago and I carried a monopod around.... so what's the issue with selfie sticks? You can better frame your composition with a single shot and a Bluetooth shutter release, than 6 attempts with an arm and a shutter timer.

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