Extra Folder Columns and featurectomies
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.
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