I was in #blenderchat today and asked quickly what specular shader I should use for a normal car material. I was expecting a reply of “toon” or Cooktorr or whatever.
Basically I was just curious what others used. Instead of that I was greated with a “What? I don’t understand what your asking” by an experienced user of blender. So I repeated “I just want to know what spec shader a person would use for a car paint material.”, “No still don’t understand” came the reply, “Specular” I said, “No the ‘shader’ part” he came back at me.
At this point I remembered a conversation between other people a couple of weeks ago, who were discussing the use of the word “shader”.
I then realised that this respected member of the community didn’t really not understand my query, they were merely giving me the incredibly annoying and pointless geeky treatment of “Whats that? Sorry say it again? I do know what your talking about but your using the incorrect, by my standards, terminology, and therefore I’m going to pretend I don’t know what your talking about until you use the right word”. etc etc.
So anyway I got accused of “trying to be cool” (what the hell) by using the word shader. I thought (maybe wrongly, but thats not entirely the point) that you assign a Material to your mesh, and tweak the Shaders amongst other things to get the right effect. Seeing as the “shaders” are actually in the “shaders” tab, surely I am in my rights to use this term.
Ive only been using blender since January, so maybe I’m missing something here. Anyway to who it may concern please put a stop to that annoying “I know more than you ha ha ha” attitude.