Sure, at first it was unsettling. But now I’m proud there are folks out there who think UX4Good and UXXU 2011 are ill-advised. Their reasonings strike me as a bit suspect, but it’s a free country. Our favorite criticisms to-date:
Calling it UX for Good suggests that all other UX is bad.
Really? I’m guessing you also object to “Happy holidays!” as that implies bad tidings on all other days.
This entire project makes the mistake of assigning a level of import and skill to User Experience as a role that it does not deserve and, frankly, may never earn. On a good day, if we reduce a step in a registration path or cut 5 seconds from an online transaction, that’s a victory. But those same skills simply do not translate to figuring out how to get people to stop shooting each other or find jobs. People with more money and more experience have been attacking these problems for decades and, well, here we are.
I don’t have anything to say about this, except that it makes me sad.