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9 January, 2007

And now, for one reason why I keep reading Slashdot.
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:43 PM

No sooner do I post my previous entry when I come across this gem on Slashdot:

Herding cats is hard because you are using the wrong management technique. You herd cattle (and sheep and goats and pigs etc.), you do *not* herd cats. Cats, you put them in the general area of the mice and let them do what they are good at. Micromanagement of cats is a losing proposition.

Pure genius. And properly moderated to a +5, even.


  1. Trouble is, *real* cats are often content to ignore the mice and spend their time eating, rolling in sunbeams and licking their @$$. Of course, I’m only referring to actual cats. Whether an analogy still holds, I leave to others.

    Comment by Tuebit — 10 January, 2007 @ 6:47 AM

  2. That’s why you put out a herd of cats. Odds are, that at least one of them will want to get the mice, and then the others will get jealous because one is having fun alone and three of them will join in, two others will attack the first cat to go on point, and the rest will go mew at the fridge in hopes of getting some lunchmeat. End result, one cat fight and two cats on point. :P

    Comment by Grimwell — 10 January, 2007 @ 10:09 AM

  3. I feel the love! Between you and Shwayder’s faint praise, I might not cry myself to sleep. For tonight, anyway. ;)

    Comment by Michael — 10 January, 2007 @ 1:15 PM

  4. Michael, Slashdot Games editor, wrote:
    I feel the love!

    Aw, don’t take it too hard. Keep in mind I’m mostly criticizing the inmates of the asylum here, not the guards. ;) And, as this post implies, there are still some gems waiting to be enjoyed. :)

    Anyway, tell me my analysis is off base. My factual post discussing the topic got modded down for not falling into line. I’m sure you’ve seen this thousands of times before.

    Have fun,

    Comment by Psychochild — 10 January, 2007 @ 4:31 PM

  5. It is against company policy to rattle the bars.

    But yeah, you’re pretty much dead on. Oh the stories I could tell. You going to be at GDC, sir? ;)

    Comment by Michael — 11 January, 2007 @ 9:25 AM

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