This is a fairly frivolous research project, but I have heard so many people complaining in the past year about how 'recruiters suck', that I was motivated to go do some research, using the Google Chrome Search Engine to obtain data about what, or who, or which professions, vegetables, computer languages, etc., apparently suck the most, assuming that the "Democratic Principle" is correct, and that popular opinion would necessarily be reflected by statistics of search results.
My methodology was straightforward. I entered the term "Recruiters suck" to see how many results were tallied by Google: 223,000. Surely this is a huge number which should warrant our attention -- isn't it? Or, maybe not...
Next, I tried "lawyers suck": 875,000. Hmmm. Interesting. How about "firemen suck"? 373,000. These were some surprising numbers to me, so I continued to research this vein of thought.
What about "software engineers suck"? only 144,000. Truly a low number. Could this have anything to do with the fact that software engineers are the ones who designed the search engine? Gosh, I don't know...
Next, since I have a Chemical Engineering degree, I thought to try out "Chemical Engineers suck"... Whoa! I got a number only one-fourth of the previous low total: 47,700. Apparently, Software Engineers suck about 4x as much as Chemical Engineers. I was relieved to learn this.
Still, I'm not too sure, based on my research, that we can actually make any valid conclusions about who sucks what or how much they suck, based on public opinion polls. Apparently the worst possible thing to be (at least on this list), is a White male.
Here are my results (incomplete though they are) for your examination:
People suck: 151,000,000
White people suck: 77,000,000
Men suck: 76,000,000
God sucks: 61,000,000
Women suck: 54,000,000
Jesus sucks: 24,000,000
Babies suck: 14,000,000
HR Directors suck: 10,500,000 [this one is clearly an error!]
Doctors suck: 10,100,000
Billionaires suck: 4,650,000
Ruby [on Rails] sucks: 4,570,000
John Zappe (editor of "The Fordyce Letter") sucks: 2,470,000
Asians suck: 1,920,000
Nurses suck: 1,370,000
Lawyers suck: 875,000
Danish People suck: 825,000
L.A. "Dodgers" suck: 680,000
Broccoli sucks: 579,000
Kale sucks: 572,000
News Reporters suck: 534,000
Clowns suck: 503,000
Mexicans suck: 454,000
CEOs suck: 395,000
Dentists suck: 387,000
Geniuses suck: 386,000
Firemen suck: 373,000
Vacuums suck: 266, 000
CTOs suck: 254,000
Recruiters suck: 223,000
Software Engineers suck: 144,000
Management Consultants suck: 106,000
Fortran sucks: 51,700
Chemical Engineers suck: 47,700
David Heinemeier Hansson (inventor of Ruby on Rails): 33,600
Nicholas Meyler (self): 1
So, here we have a scientifically valid (but incomplete) survey with controls (all searches were conducted using Google Chrome on the same computer) which seems to indicate that Chemical Engineers suck less than either vacuums or Jesus. I do not know what we should conclude from this, but I suspect that the results may indicate that we are 'coddling' those who complain about our work... and that those who complain about our work may be 'coddling' themselves by creating false data, and controlling the results. This is worth further study, of course.
NOTE: Please feel free to share your own findings of scientifically-determined results of what sucks. Please outline your methodology, briefly.