There was a sotto voce rebellion in my corner of the auditorium during today's presentations. We're all "experienced" examiners (i.e. we're old enough to know to get to conferences early on the first day to get a seat in the back corner close to the door) and, since this is a Federal thing, we all have binders full of paper copies of all the slides (meh, trees grow back). In the break between presentations we'd each wager a quarter on which slide in the upcoming presentation would be the first to generate a truly idiotic question (there's a core of 4-6 dolts who can't help themselves and revel in exposing their idiocy to a room of 130 examiners). I haven't yet won, but none of today's wagers got into double-digit slide counts.
The idiocy call can come from anyone in the betting group, and it's the Shawshank "we have a winner"; delivered quietly, of course. IOW, BS Bingo adapted to my particular slice of work life, though the BS here actually carries some intellectual stank on it. The "dolts" are Millennials or younger and every single question they ask can be reduced to "how can I reduce my inherently purely subjective job into a yes/no checklist so that I never have to make a decision for myself so I can never be wrong and I will always have a perfect record and a 4.00 GPA and why am I not already senior management".
I've run into this with our newest hire. She's a Millennial, she got lots of participation trophies and grade inflation. She wants black/white with a preapproved checklist of what's black and what's white because she has this irrational fear that if she gets even one small thing wrong she'll be fired, so she wants her decisions pre-made. I've spent the last two years trying to reassure her that in our line of work we simply can't look at everything and, even in the things we do look at, we'll miss some things. I tell her that, given the on-site time constraints, the chances that I've either missed something or misread something in every on-site exam approaches 100%, yet she still has this existential fear/dread of being "wrong", perhaps for the first time in her life. She simply has never faced a situation where gray is not only in play but is the order of the day and she has severe issues dealing with the gray.
I am Gray, I stand between the candle and the star. We are Gray, we stand between the darkness and the light.
If the Earth were flat, cats would have pushed everything off of it by now.