Push it (doors WTF)



  • Often in I.T. (and especially on this site) there are bad solutions to simple problems. Things that sane and intelligent people would know have been solved already.

    Admitedly I.T. is a very young industry, so consider the history of conventional wisdom that is present in some millennia-old professions such as residential architecture. It baffles me that in this day and a get that some people are able to get simple things like door handles so annoyingly wrong. A friend took this photo of some utterly confusing doors: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelmouse/2592280375/

    There are other examples of this all over the place. I challenge you all to provide further proof that some architects are retarded.



  • @Squiggle said:

    I challenge you all to provide further proof that some architects are retarded.

    I wouldn't blame the architect for this. If you compare with the second set of doors, you'll see that the handles are set up identically.(One side for entering and the other for leaving?) Probably the building manager just put the wrong green sticker here.



  • Meh. They're probably swing doors, so it doesn't matter if you obey the sticker or the handle; either way should work.



  • This post doesn't belong to the sidebar, there is a new forum called "Funny Stuff" dedicated to lame and mug-worthy lols.



  • @bstorer said:

    either way should work.
     

    Only that choosing the wrong one will cause mayhem in between the two sets of doors... people crashing the doors into other unsuspecting people.Should be a great spectacle :-)

     



  • and that one door has two different instructions...



  • @CapitalT said:

    This post doesn't belong to the sidebar, there is a new forum called "Funny Stuff" dedicated to lame and mug-worthy lols.

    I wasn't aware of this. Thanks :)



  • How about this?

    This was supposed to be a ramp for people in wheelchairs. However, the ramp extended to a different set of tiles on the ground. In order to keep the layout of the place, some crazy architect shortened the ramp. Of course, adding a couple of steps means far less effort than tilting it downwards.



  • [quote user="Renan "C#" Sousa"]Of course, adding a couple of steps means far less effort than tilting it downwards.[/quote]Sloping it down's probably not acceptable either, because the ADA has a maximum slope for ramps. Still, it's likely to get less complaints than this "solution".



  • Also, for the record:

    OP, thank you* for putting the Salt N Peppa song "Push it" in my head.

    *=fuck you



  • @bstorer said:

    Meh. They're probably swing doors, so it doesn't matter if you obey the sticker or the handle; either way should work.
    If you look closely, the right inner door is pushed in, despite the "pull" on the handle. If the stickers were meant as corrections, why not put them over the handles?



  • I find the architect blameless and find the contractor that put it together and/or the laborers under his/her charge guilty.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @medialint said:

    I find the architect blameless and find the contractor that put it together and/or the laborers under his/her charge guilty.

    "You put the Push handle on one side, and the Pull handle on the other."



  • @CapitalT said:

    This post doesn't belong to the sidebar, there is a new forum called "Funny Stuff" dedicated to lame and mug-worthy lols.

    So what is this forum for if not making fun of screwups? Maybe we should have a sticky thread dedicated to pictures, but I see nothing wrong with this thread.



    On-topic, I bet this is some kind of experiment to see which instruction people are more likely to obey.



  • Thread moved to the Funny Stuff forum.

     Also, I think someone just stuck the wrong sticker on there.



  •  Fair enough for moving this thread :)

    To justify my point, the labelling is a bit of a WTF, but my main peeve is that on these sorts of doors a handle labelled "push" is utterly counterintuitive. A handle is used for lifting or pulling. You don't need one when all you have to do is push. Perhaps I'm too much of an idealist.

     Also nice ramp there, Renan. I can't imagine that nobody pointed out the futility of it at the time it was planned or constructed...



  • @Squiggle said:

    A handle is used for lifting or pulling. You don't need one when all you have to
    do is push.

    Meh, I think handles are convenient for pushing as well.



  • @Spectre said:

    @Squiggle said:
    A handle is used for lifting or pulling. You don't need one when all you have to
    do is push.

    Meh, I think handles are convenient for pushing as well.

     

    Isn't it meant to be horizontal handles for pushing and vertical handles for pulling?



  • This was discussed way back in a book called (I think) The Psychology of Everyday Things.  (I think the name has changed though... some rumor about the word psychology intimidating people...  sheesh).

    Basically it's more intuitive to pull handles because if you can wrap your fingers around it, it seems like you should pull on it.  Bars or plates are more intuitive to indicate pushing because you *can't* wrap your fingers around them and pull.


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