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Re: Interactive guide for new users

From: Göktuğ Kayaalp
Subject: Re: Interactive guide for new users
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:26:10 +0300
User-agent: mu4e 1.2.0; emacs 28.0.50

On 2020-09-12 14:16 +03, Lars Ingebrigtsen <larsi@gnus.org> wrote:
> Göktuğ Kayaalp <self@gkayaalp.com> writes:
>> Someone who can’t spare more than three minutes to research a tool that
>> they may end up using for a life time for the majority of their workday
>> is IMHO not a kind of user we should strive to support.
> I think that's dangerously close to saying "Emacs was hard to make, so
> it should be hard to use".

Well, that’s one way to read it.  Another way, which is what I intend,
is that Emacs is a power tool, and some learning curve is inevitable no
matter how easy we make certain things.  And overcoming that requires
some effort.

That of course shouldn’t prevent documenting to the best of our ability
and make sure we’re not wasting nobody’s time, but that should not mean
we should cater to those who are not readily willing to use this piece
of software and are unwilling to put any time into learning enough to
evaluating it.  In a given day we probably spend more than three minutes
just looking into void.

İ. Göktuğ Kayaalp / @cadadr / <https://www.gkayaalp.com/>
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