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Re: yum-presto not on by default



On Fri, 2009-09-25 at 08:20 -0400, Seth Vidal wrote:
> 
> On Thu, 24 Sep 2009, Adam Williamson wrote:
> 
> > I suspect there are detailed studies on this done by usability
> > researchers, somewhere out there. of course, there are tensions; it's
> > hard (well, impossible) to design a complex interface with defaults that
> > are correct for all uses by all users. but you have to take into account
> > the tendency for people not to discover useful but non-necessary
> > enhancements that are not enabled by default, when you're deciding on
> > your defaults, and try to accommodate it where this doesn't lead to
> > egregious horribleness.
> 
> And the 'egregious' is the part I have a problem with.
> 
> Worst case scenario - someone doesn't like updating as much.
> 
> That's the WORST case.
> 
> hardly egregious.

um, my point was that normally in this kind of case - you've come up
with a neat little improvement - you look at it the other way round: not
how horrible will it be if you don't enable the improvement by default
(the answer to which is almost always 'not very', because such a case
just equates to the existing situation - so it's more or less a
meaningless question); you look at how bad things could possibly get if
you _do_ enable it by default.

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