On Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 10:56:36AM +0000, Steve Long wrote:
> Ryan Hill wrote:
>> I agree, though year of birth might be interesting.  Income and children
>> are a bit too private.
> ++ in general although I do think parenthood (if responsible) is as relevant
> as age. A 28 year old with a 5 year old kid has a lot to show a 35 year old
> doctoral student with no kids, even if it's not all technical. # of kids
> isn't relevant.

Judging the maturity of users (or devs) by how many children they have
(or indeed *if* they have children) is pretty questionable.  I know
people who have kids and are pretty irresponsible (that's not to say
most are, but one does not guarantee the other).  And I'd argue that
someone with children does not necessarily have "a lot to show" someone
without kids, unless it is the specific experience of childrearing.

There are many people (myself and my wife included) who choose
consciously not to have children.  It is becoming more and more a
*choice* people can legitimately make rather than just an assumed part
of life.  It is not selfish or immature, as some people think, so I'd be
careful about implying that such a question gauges maturity.

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