Extra Folder Columns and featurectomies

Kent James kent at caspia.com
Fri Oct 21 22:17:30 UTC 2011

Along similar lines, the Folder Pane Switcher addon now has 600 users to 
restore a feature that was removed beginning in 8.0

How many users run beta or newer currently?

On 10/21/2011 2:23 PM, David Bienvenu wrote:
> Yeah, I think there was a general consensus at an all-hands meeting 
> that bringing that feature back into core was the right thing to do, 
> but no one signed up to do it. I vaguely remember there being a slight 
> pref migration issue, which made it slightly more complicated than 
> just backing out the patch that took away the extra columns. But in 
> any case, unless someone else remembers differently, or Blake feels 
> strongly that he doesn't want the extra columns and the corresponding 
> options UI, I think we're amenable to taking it back into core.
> Or put an other way, yeah, close to 300K users of an add-on makes it 
> pretty clear we took away a popular feature. But with Test Pilot, we 
> would have known that, eh, Blake? :-)
> - David
> On 10/21/2011 9:24 AM, Kent James wrote:
>> I just saw an update for the addon Extra Feature Columns, that 
>> reversed a featurectomy of a few years ago. That addon now has 
>> 280,000 users! This is a massive count for an addon.
>> It seems to me that is a pretty strong statement against that 
>> particular featurectomy. Only a fraction of users use addons at all, 
>> so this massive user base tells you that a pretty large number of TB 
>> users wanted that feature.
>> At what point does the user voice trump an old mistaken decision so 
>> that the feature gets re-installed in the product? Standard8 seems to 
>> have taken over the maintenance of this addon, so it has to be more 
>> work to maintain the feature as an addon rather than have it in the 
>> core product. And any feature that is useful to such a large fraction 
>> of users should be in the core product.
>> rkent
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