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Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:19:58 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.14.0 (2020-05-02)

* Ergus <spacibba@aol.com> [2020-09-20 03:45]:
> There have been too many years of licences nobody reads and msoffice useless 
> splash. So people now install the programs just pressing next next next 
> accept.
> The problem is that 90% of the cases the information there is pretty useless 
> (publicity, license, offers for an account) so most people assume that in our 
> case it will be the same and usually ignores that.

I am not sure how you come to seach information, as it is very
general. I could present Emacs to various people and see if they have
read the splash screen, and then after 5 or 10 attempts, I could have
statistics, who read what, if they found that there is Tutorial or
not, or what else they remembered and if they have read the splash

With 100 people in the test, such information would be valuable

Without mass of people tested randomly, it is harder to say that splash
is useless for people because it was maybe useless for one msoffice

I can speak for myself, as it is hard to speak for others, so I know
that I was reading licenses of proprietary software before 1999, and I
know that I was reading everything that Emacs had to offer, from
splash screen, Tutorials in few languages, and GNU news and anything
else, I did read it, and that is how I got fascinated with the free

Jean Louis

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