Salon on Mozilla

Tuesday March 12th, 2002

A number of people have submitted this article, and while it's not really news, it's just another example of how Mozilla is starting to win people over. This is also beneficial to the evangelism efforts going on.

#102 Re: Exactly, that's the point

by benb <>

Friday March 29th, 2002 1:14 AM

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> > "For the vast majority of end users, > > however, those occasional advantages > > just aren't *noticable*."

> Once again, I'm so glad we have your > omnicience on our side. What would we > ever do without you.

I think mpt does a very good and useful job for, even in this thread.

I agree with him that we developers are often centered on "geeky" details that don't matter much for the majority of users. OTOH, things we are used to overlook and work around, like installation, unfortunate defaults, UI appearance and oddness (bugs and bad design). Things we consider unimportant surface, because they are easy to fix, are what users see most of the time, and things we consider "meat" are hardly noticed by end-users. Sometimes, we lose the big scope. mpt has the rare ability to think from a user's perspective, depsite being "contaminated" with us developers :), and I value him for that. As I said, most (current) big problems for users are easy to fix. That's why I think that a bit guidance from mpt can help Mozilla get much better for users with little effort.

I agree that Mozilla made a lot of progress, even visible for end-users. And I see that we have a lot of enthusiasts here. That's all good. But we still need to be very aware of our deficiencies. That's all that mpt is trying to achieve in this thread.