(proposed new terminology) A bump-and-grind regime is one which does not allow access to its deepest functionality without disclosure of background and purpose. On a Q&A site, the deepest functionality is asking a question. (Other, less-deep, functionalities are answering a question, commenting, voting, and bookmarking.) An example of a bump-and-grind regime is any ‘Stack Exchange’ … Continue reading definition


Usefulness is the logarithm of technology. So, while technology is increasing exponentially (as it always has been), usefulness is increasing only linearly (as it always has been).