Wednesday August 23rd, 2000
Netscape has begun working on landing the new modern skin for both Mozilla 1 and Netscape 6. The current plan is to dump the current modern skin when the new one has fully landed.
While the skin looks better than the first version of Modern, we think this time could be better spent on improving the Classic skin, which is preferred by the majority of users, rather than working on a skin that has already been shunned by most in the community. What are they thinking?
#7 Re: Majority of Users? and We?
Wednesday August 23rd, 2000 8:23 PM
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"We" meaning a majority of the MozillaZine admins, "majority of users" being the majority of opinions that we (the majority of MozillaZine admins) have seen expressed on the matter.
Deciding to move forward with a new Modern skin while at the same time letting the Classic skin languish is essentially doing what the majority of MozillaZine readers feel is *not* the right thing to do - focusing on new features instead of stability, performance, and bloat. It is also what we as mozillaZine admins feel is the wrong thing to do.
To move the new Modern skin above the Classic skin in priority (something we didn't mention in the news item) shows a disregard for the community that has been built, and for their opinions. It shows a disregard even for the process that is required for Netscape to get a product out the door faster. It shows that above all, Netscape is more concerned with surface presentation than substance.
Note how long it has taken to get Classic up to this point. And it *still* requires tweaking. How much effort will be taken to renovate Modern, to the detriment of the Classic skin? How much time will be taken on the new widget set (scrollbars, etc) that the Modern 2 screenshot suggests? How much tweaking will be required? Which developers (and how many) will be working on this new feature?
*We* feel it makes little sense.