Good article except for one thing:
“ Note that I use ‘he’ here in the general sense even though
Help Vampires are almost exclusively male. ”
I don’t know about others, but I’ve got female “Help
Vampires” spread in my life. My niece was staying with me for a couple
years while she did post-secondary education. It’s amazing how many home
projects she thought of for me to do.
As an individual that likes to help, I think I’m fairly qualified to spot
those that are attempting to get me to do something they want done when asked
So… I’ll accept that there’s far fewer women “IT Help
Vampires”, but then there’s also far fewer women in IT – as
much as I’d personally enjoy a much larger portion of IT being women,
there is reality to face. However, a “Help Vampire” isn’t a
species restricted to IT.