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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: {arch} directory

From: Tom Lord
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: {arch} directory
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:14:14 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: Samuel Tardieu <address@hidden>

    > Tom> I've reached the opposite conclusion from list traffic.
    >      [about whether or not "{arch}" is a bug]

    > The current list members are probably not representative of what the
    > arch community will be when arch is widely deployed (hopefully, the
    > arch community will be the same as the programmers community). I think
    > you should treat "problems" that early adopters may encounter as
    > serious ones, as they may be an indication of future heavy trouble
    > with programmers either less skilled or less willing to bend to fit
    > the tool constraints.

What I've mostly seen is a dynamic -- a pattern of how attitudes
change over time.  "{arch}" is the kind of things that new users
complain about briefly and very experienced users tend to defend as a
good choice.  There are some exceptions, of course.

So I tend to think it may take getting used to for some people, but it
seems to have some benefits.

Now, if new users were complaining about things like "Hey, I can't
merge the way I want to" or "My archive server [sic] keeps crashing"
-- that'd be something to really worry about.

Finally, I'm often suspicious about design thinking that presumes the
target audience is dumber, more stubborn, or less skilled than the
people having the conversation.   To a large extent, people are what
you expect them to be.


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