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Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly


From: PT
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more newbie friendly
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 17:57:55 +0100
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On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 17:22:49 +0100, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:

The question is: is more people using Emacs a good thing at all? Or
is it only an additional burden (more clueless people on the help
forums, etc.)?

You are trying to frame loaded questions.

No, it was a sincere question. And if the answer is no, it's not a good thing then I'm okay with it.

What is "a good thing"?
More people using Emacs is not a worthwhile objective per se.  If it
were, we should replace Emacs by toiletpaper, and its user base would
explode.  A worthwhile objective for a developer is to have Emacs
become a more productive tool for his work.  This is not unrelated to
the size of its user base, since developers usually tend to start out
as users.

Exactly. I don't know what resources are at the emacs developers' disposal (do they work on it on their free time? is some of them paid to work on Emacs?), but if companies see more value in emacs then they might even sponsor developing some new features for them.

At companies when it comes to choosing a developer tool the recommendation of the employees and their existing experience with those tools can be an important factor at the decision. So if Emacs is more newbie friendly that can mean more potential users, more value as a tool for employers and possibly more resources for future development.

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