On the subreddit r/techsupportgore (tech support gore) tech workers of all walks of life post photos of the “tech gore” or nightmare technology situations they encounter while on the job. If you’ve ever tried to help your boomer parent or grandparent figure out how to use a phone or a computer—or god forbid how to reset the WiFi—you might understand something about these peoples’ pain.
The subreddit was created on February 29, 2012, and has since grown into a community of over 431K members who make sure to upvote only the goriest hardware fails and disasters posted to the sub. The rules are as follows: “Rule 1: No Cracked Screens. Rule 2: No Dust. Rule 3: No Software Carnage. Rule 4: Must be gore!”
Scroll down to see some of the more egregious examples of “Tech Support Gore” on the sub: