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Re: Adding advisory notification for non-ELPA package.el downloads

From: Ken Manheimer
Subject: Re: Adding advisory notification for non-ELPA package.el downloads
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:36:05 -0400

On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 5:27 AM, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
  > The nagging approach can just as likely alienate users.

A message at most once a week, that is on the screen for a short time,
is hardly "nagging".

That's a misleading way to think about it. If every major facility on a machine was nonchalant about some random once-per-week notification, you could potentially have several to hundreds per day. (I sometimes feel like it's towards the more extreme end on the rare occasions that I fire up Windows machines.) Righteous as the specific purpose might or might not be, it will be another interruption in the escalating battle for users stray attention, in which users are the losers.

A properly targeted notification is delivered when someone is initiating actions specifically for the purpose that the notification addresses. I'm not sure where that would be in this case, but hearing "once per week" suggests to me that it's randomly targeted, as part of an activity that sometimes and sometimes doesn't include the specific activity.


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