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Tuesday April 10th, 2001

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#56 handling negative feedback constructively

by macpeep

Wednesday April 18th, 2001 10:00 AM

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I agree that the original post wasn't exactly constructive - I never said it was. Kidding yourself that 0.9 will be "REALLY close to final" (with 'really' in all caps) isn't exactly constructive either. You say it's up to us to decide, which release is worth a final. Well, my vote is a "HELL NO!" for 0.8.1 and I'm pretty sure my vote will be an almost as vocal no for 0.9.

Recently someone suggested on a newsgroup that there should be the same kind of review process for UI as there is for code. The review would be performed by a group of experts (including but not limited to people like Ben Goodger that know the UI inside and out) on the UI as well as experts on usabillity and quality. The reason this is needed is that the UI is starting to be in such bad shape that it's very alarming.

When we get a suddenly get an announcement of a completely new skin instead of polishing the existing one and keeping that in the final version, it kinda makes you wonder if the resources are put into 100% smart use. QUALITY and PERFORMANCE need to be the #1 priorities right now - not new skins and the likes. I'm all for the new image lib, PSM 2.0 the new outliner widget etc. and I completely understand and accept the temporary regressions caused by this as they will directly improve the performance...

I get the feeling that people are cleaning the deck on the Titanic and that some are still in the bar playing blackjack, saying "damn this ship rules! we will look so good when we arrive in New York".