PLEASE PLEASE Stop saying that you bricked your phone.

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    For the record, I am one to argue for and against the validity of wikipedia entries for the simple reason that it's maintained by a subset of the same masses that are incorrect in their definition of bricked, but here's an excerpt:

    "In the strictest sense of the term, bricking must imply that software error has rendered the device completely unrecoverable without some hardware replacement."

    Here's the full article: Brick (electronics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Please stop saying 'bricked' until your device is actually worthless.
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    I agree 100%. I would even consider it a pet peeve of mine when people use the term bricked incorrectly.
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    is it really that annoying?

    one post on the whole first page has to do with a bricked phone and it was a post about how he thought it was bricked...

    now 2.1 IS COMING threads, those were/are annoying
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    Not everyone knows what you know or interprets a term the same way.
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    true. but if you got a head cold you wouldn't say you had aids.

    if your car ran outta gas you wouldn't say you blew the motor in it.

    is it that big of a deal? not really, but on a forum where people are trying to help and you say you bricked your phone it gives the wrong information. i work in IT and people always describe their problem with the worst possible terms and it ends up taking more time to figure things out because they don't spend the little bit of time it would take to properly educate themselves with the right lingo.
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    Exactly. If I clubbed someone to death with my Droid, it could be said I "bricked" them.

    :D
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    I work in IT as well, and I never go with what the user says is happening for the same reason you just stated.They don't usually know the correct lingo or they just explain things wrong, so you ask questions and educate them the best you can.Same goes here, people; including myself, are here to learn. If someone says "bricked" just politely correct them, don't take it to heart so much...
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    In the Hacks forum there is a sticky called something like "This is what Root means - Stop Asking!". I have been dying to write one called "This is what Bricked means - Stop Using it Incorrectly!", but I decided to just not open any thread that has any form of the word Brick in the title.
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    very true but almost everyone in the world knows what a cold is and what aids is.

    Although common to you and me and many others, the term Bricked is not universally known.
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    If you don't know the term and are even confused a little bit on the usage, it's best to not say it. Same thing with "My account totally got hacked" when you happened to forget your login, or if a friend changes your facebook status.
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    today i found out my toyota is "bricked" untill i can get the nessasary hardware replacment
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    I completely agree with you.
    :icon_ goofy: That's not too far from the truth.
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    That almost made me Laugh Aloud.
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    should i say : "my phone APPEARS to be bricked"???
    brick brick brick......geeezz don't we have something better to do
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    I do, but I don't wanna. This may call for a brick homescreen theme...
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    LOL:icon_ banana:
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    Too many arrogant people on here today
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    My intention is to inform, not to instigate. I've been using 'smart phones' for years, during that time I've apparently become spoiled by the high level of technical expertise needed to use such phones. The Droid, and maybe the G1, are the first phones, scratch that, they're the first Linux-based devices (other than the TiVo) to appeal to the masses, causing an influx of users into a subculture normally dominated by technically savvy or experienced users. That influx becomes obvious with the many "what's root, I bricked my phone, etc" posts. And while I wouldn't think to deny anyone in the world of a such an incredible and opportunistic cellular experience, I do expect people to accept that they may need to learn little, and be open to the possibility that whatever they think they've already learned might have been incorrect. I continue to learn, and am excited to find new tips or tricks. Please don't think I see myself as infallible, I'm not attacking any individual, merely the concept that your preconceptions may be based on misinformation, a standard hazard of rapid change. Iceland is green, Greenland is icy. Milk isn't good for you after infancy, especially not the store bought variety. And no carnivore in the world chews before swallowing, except those of us who choose to eat meat ;)
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    Definitions of 'root'
    (rōōt, rŏŏt) [​IMG]

    Dictionary.com · The American Heritage® Dictionary - (22 definitions)


    [Middle English rot, from Old English rōt, from Old Norse.]
    (noun)

    1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
    2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      • The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      • A base or support: We snipped the wires at the roots.
    3. An essential part or element; the basic core: I finally got to the root of the problem.
    4. A primary source; an origin. See synonyms at origin
    5. A progenitor or ancestor from which a person or family is descended.
      • The condition of being settled and of belonging to a particular place or society. Often used in the plural: Our roots in this town go back a long way.
      • roots. The state of having or establishing an indigenous relationship with or a personal affinity for a particular culture, society, or environment: music with unmistakable African roots.
    6. Linguistics
      • The element that carries the main component of meaning in a word and provides the basis from which a word is derived by adding affixes or inflectional endings or by phonetic change.
      • Such an element reconstructed for a protolanguage. Also called radical
    7. Mathematics
      • A number that when multiplied by itself an indicated number of times forms a product equal to a specified number. For example, a fourth root of 4 is √2. Also called nth root
      • A number that reduces a polynomial equation in one variable to an identity when it is substituted for the variable.
      • A number at which a polynomial has the value zero.
    8. Music
      • The note from which a chord is built.
      • Such a note occurring as the lowest note of a triad or other chord
    Should we stop using this word too?=P Ive always considered the term bricked to be more of a reference to a brick. meaning you turned your phone in to just that, a brick. a useless object or paper weight.
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    yeah, i'm done with this one.. i understand where the OP is coming from, but perhaps we can just shrug it off as a word that is commonly misused? it happens all the time, and there have been some examples here, but i don't necessarily believe we have to point out everything that bugs us. i understand your intentions were good, and personally, i'm sorry that this thread has turned into what it has. but i think you see where this is going (poorly, at best) and it is probably time to kill it. nothing personal though, we still love you. ;)
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