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pixelentity says

Dunno about you guys but mine are all at 100% :P

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subsolar says

Dunno about you guys but mine are all at 100% :P

Even the Quantum Physics one? :O

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Markic says

It’s a behavioral trick. You put irrelevant skills (ex. design) at lower percantage and relevant skills (coding) in higher percentage. Since the general fallacy is that people can’t have more than one skill at top level, this makes you look honest (because you admited that you’re not perfect) and gives more value to your capabilites.

The problem is when your client doesn’t know which skills you’re going to need in the work process or wants someone with all skills at top level because he has an oppsesive compulsive dissorder.

But yeah, “skillset elements” are by far the most useless and business hurting element used. The only reason they are here is because they look good and everyone has this element so new authors don’t want to trail behind. The best way to use them is by not displaying them at all and thus not having your capabilites questioned.

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medium_rare says

Couldn’t agree more. When I was starting out I used them in a couple of CV templates but I’ve since realised their redundancy. Coffee counters are sort of the same but can be useful to tell a bit about your business/ work ethic in an engaging way.

I think sometimes we have to remember that the visitors to websites using our templates don’t trawl through TF like we do and therefore these features have not yet lost their novelty. Having said that, the percentage idea is and will always be ridiculous to me.

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OhKube says

True… also how many coffee cups was consumed is irrelevant.. welcome to web 2.0 :P

Totally agree. PlusI don’t drink coffee, so what do I put there? Glasses of water consumed! :)

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