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Etiquette Guide: Computer Labs

A normative testing ground.

Term papers and finals have—as they always do—snuck up on us. That means a lot of feverish writing sessions, printing problem sets, and checking Courseworks. It also means a lot of time in computer labs. So when you’re in line at the Lerner printer, waiting for a Mac to free up, or just typing away at that paper, follow this etiquette guide—if everybody does, we’ll all be happier. Call us grumpy old geezers, but really, when one person is nice to another, both feel better!

Printers – “Look before you leap”

  • Don’t use both printers at the same time in any computer lab. (You’d think this would go without saying…)
  • If you’ve got a really large document to print and there’s somebody behind you, ask if they have a short one! And let them go.
  • Recognize that you are not the only person in a rush.
  • If you can, print multiple items at once by holding shift and highlighting them. If you’re going to do this though, check in with the person behind you. They might have shorter docs to print.

General Computing – “Don’t be that guy”

  • Don’t have really loud, obnoxious conversations in the lab.
  • Keep your headphone volume at such a level that others can’t hear it. There is a simple test for this. Take off your headphones. If you can still hear music coming out, it’s too loud.
  • Do move your things aside if somebody sits down next to you and you’re too spread out.
  • Don’t stay logged into one of the big computers, have nothing on that screen, and work solely on your laptop.
  • If you’re on Facebook, at least have some work up in the background.
  • If you’ve had your headphones in for a while, periodically take them out to check that you’re not breathing heavily, toe-tapping, or audibly farting.

NoCo Computers – “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

  • If you’re on one of the scanner-endowed computers, and somebody asks you to switch because they need it, do it!
  • If you’re not going to be using a computer, don’t take that seat.
  • Realize that a lot of computers in NoCo have specialized engineering and mathematics software that can’t be found on other computers around campus. If all you need is Microsoft Word and an Internet connection…think about going elsewhere!

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous AMEN to the last point about NoCo computers. It’s about time people realize this…it’s too bad this post probably won’t change anything though…

  • AAAAAAAH says:



    1. Words says:

      @Words Given the existence as uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua outside time without extension who from the heights of divine apathia divine athambia divine aphasia loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell

      1. More words says:

        @More words But will there be normative utterances to underscore the redefined loopholes in the socio-political spectrum of all categorically imposed dissent from the relatedly academic and supposed anthropomorphic tendencies as revealed by Freud’s analysis of the feminist divinities you suggest are behind the overused concept of insubordinate microscopic theory of the loquacious and poorly-understood norms of conceptual fornication?

        1. AAAAAAH says:


          Thanks for the effort, though.

          1. Coherent words this time says:

            @Coherent words this time You’re welcome. Thanks for providing a temporary distraction from my Calc III cramming…

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I WISH I could be writing a paper right now. Instead I’ve been listening to some crazy asshole screaming outside of my building for more than an hour. A word to the wise: NEVER move off-campus. And FUCK YOU WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

  • Blerh says:

    @Blerh This is mostly true, except that if I want to sleep in front of a NoCo computer, I will.

  • English Major CC'11 says:

    @English Major CC'11 “There aren’t as many computers there than at other libraries.”

    C’mon Bwog, really? It should read: There aren’t as many computers there as there are at other libraries.

    Or something to that extent.

    And yes, I am done with finals and have too much time on my hands…

    1. Claire says:

      @Claire Thank you friend. We are all very jealous.

      1. haha says:

        @haha claire is the best

    2. haha says:

      @haha looks like you’re going to be checking grammar for a living, english major

    3. did you really take your major in English says:

      @did you really take your major in English to realize that there was a mistake in that sentence?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Is it normal to want to hurt someone — or at least give them a wet willie — if they are sitting there in the lab watching streaming video without the slightest bit of regret or shame?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Nothing wrong with facebooking or watching something in the library, it could be a much needed study break.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Just don’t do it on school computers.

      1. what is this says:

        @what is this middle school? one step away from this and we’ll have blocked websites. cumon people there are enough computers on this campus. allocate your time right and you’ll get what you need

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I like my solution best: buy your own awesome printer. What I’ve lost in cash I make up for in peace-of-mind.

  • o.O says:

    @o.O “There aren’t as many computers there as there are at other libraries” is also a horrible sentence.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous amen! and i love the part about audibly farting LOL

  • no, BWOG says:

    @no, BWOG No, here’s the proper headphone test: take out headphones and press against your shirt or skin, if you still hear music it’s too loud.

    Also, I’m too lazy to check if this hasn’t already been said, but stinky food is also a no go.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous oh my god, yes. please don’t eat your egg salad sandwich within a 20 ft radius of me, holy mother of god

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous the scanner thing: SO TRUE

  • Loud Music says:

    @Loud Music “Keep your headphone volume at such a level that others can hear it. ”
    Good idea, Bwog!


    @ENGINEERING LIBRARY NOCO IS ONE FOR A REASON. For those of us insane enough to have chosen engineering, please dear god let us have it?!? We desperately needed those computers…now they’re NEVER available. :(

    1. yeah i know, says:

      @yeah i know, but the coffee is so good that i want to stick around and see what else y’got!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous joes’ hipsters suck the big one, they should get off campus or at least take flex or DD

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You realize that you have a separate engineering library and it is, in fact, the science kids of the “science and engineering library” who ‘desperately’ need a place?

      1. Um says:

        @Um The Engineering library’s computers have different software installed. Engineers have just as solid a right to the NoCo library as non-SEAS scientists.

        1. and as does says:

          @and as does any other student at cu. its swipe access into noco. if it was really made only for the sci & seas kids, it would make attempts to screen visitors that way.

          don’t hate the playa hate the game

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Deal with the consequences and don’t expect anything from anyone.

    4. ummm says:

      @ummm so are you saying that prior to noco’s existence, you were ABSOLUTELY UNABLE to go to another library and do any of your engineering assignments? come on man, try not to be so self-important

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Try to be understanding, you jerk

    5. douchebag says:

      @douchebag 252 is a hidden fucking gem. always open 24/7. 15 computers. no stupid weird interface crap

  • CC student says:

    @CC student I agree, I barely ever go to NoCo and if at all leave the computers for the engineers…

  • quiet undergrad says:

    @quiet undergrad Now we need one of these for the GYM!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous The key is to get whatever you can get. If you need two printers, do it. Etiquette has no place these last few weeks. Watch youtube on computers, sleep if you want. It’s a jungle. I for one will not heed any of these tips. They will make me fail and all we need is to look out for ourselves.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous civility and decency > your self-righteous sense of superiority.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous People are barbarians.

  • you are all lame says:

    @you are all lame thanks mommy for teaching me how to use the computer lab. can you also teach me how to masterbate without disturbing my roommate? or maybe I should let him go first if he’s only got a quickie. normally i would use both hands, but, then again its finals week and he might be in a rush too. perhaps it would be proper etiquette to offer him a hand? nah, finishing school tells me nothing will help shorten the queue like my sphincter.

    honestly fuck you bwog for posting this crap. I pray that your messiah will now personally serve you moist towelettes in your paradise for spreading the good word about moral use of computer labs

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