In the workplace, I tend to avoid a the common conversations: money, religion, politics, and even sex. These things tend to be wedges between people. People get way too fanatic about some of them, or it becomes a decisive topic. I’m careful with whom I open up to about those things, and where and when.
Today I clicked to visit a blog site I have in my RSS reader. I clicked through from work and up popped a flat out denial screen because I was using IE as my browser. Now, we make people use IE, but some of us do get to use Firefox when we test or need something new, however I don’t make myself a complete standing exception by using IE almost all of the time like every other user. And no, this wasn’t just a warning page that let me into the site, but rather a complete, 100% denial of entry.
Seriously, take your browser and OS religion and put it elsewhere. I don’t subscribe to political or religious blogs. And while I sometimes read that particular offending blog, I decided it is not worth giving the author another feed hit, so I unsubscribed.
I don’t mind people saying Firefox is better, or reminding me that I’m on IE through a splash page. In fact, given the option, I’d use Firefox over IE anyway, which I do at home (and with a blank user-agent). But discriminating users with full denial based on browser choice is ridiculous.