On Sunday 20 February 2005 19:13, Jakub Steiner wrote:
On Sun, 2005-02-20 at 18:47 +0100, Craig Bradney wrote:
>This is also the reason many people avoid Gnome. The dumbing down of the
>interface in the various config areas - just to then expose a worse than
>regedit interface in gconf. Meh!
That's why there is "advanced setting" gui tools such as Powertools on
windows or Gnome powertools. I understand there is people who like to
spend a lot of time tweaking stuff (I used to be one of them), but I
would think most people just want to get stuff done.
I have been in your phase. I've been loving the fact I can tweak an
application so that it behaves exactly how I like it. I felt
"empowered". This doesn't come for free though. It costs complexity
(more option combinations), maintanability (more code paths), stability
(impossible to test all combinations), usability (application appears
more complex), support (you cannot really help someone with all these
My phase.. has lasted well over 15 years :) hehe.
However, remember the users out there. They DO NOT want to go to the
console/text editor and edit an rc or xml file manually. They also dont wish
to run an abomination like regedit or gconf. Exposing the users in the "right
way" to the configuration is more important than development time.
As a developer, even if you think configurability is a good thing,
TRY TO COME UP WITH DECISIONS. Pick the right defaults. Those, that will
work for most of your user. For your TARGET AUDIENCE. Adding an option
toggle just because there's more ways to do something and "you can
always stuff it up in the preferences" will end up in a miserable