[mythtv-users] Re: Re: Cannot set a recording

Donavan Stanley GeckoFiend at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 19:18:38 EDT 2004

On Mon, 06 Sep 2004 18:38:34 -0400, Michael J. Sherman
<msherman at dsbox.com> wrote:
>  >> If you want to use the left/right style, all I ask is that it not be
>  >> wrapped up into a listbox widget. That is, I think, what is
>  >> fundamentally broken about this new style.
>  >
>  >I personly think you're overstating the problem. The problem is the
>  >lack of visual indicators to show you that you can move left or right
>  >and that's being fixed.
> The problem is not just the lack of left/right indicators.  I think the
> whole style is not quite right and not intuitive.
> I understand that you want to justify the new interface style; that's
> natural for any developer.  At work I'll justify code changes till I'm
> blue in the face, but that doesn't mean they're always right.  Sometimes
> a change isn't always for the better, and my *opinion* is that this
> change is for the worse.  But that's just my opinion.  I've only been
> developing user-facing software for 6 years now, so what do I know?

If I had invented the design out of whole-cloth I'd be concerned with
"justifying" it.  But I didn't just invent some new UI paradigm.  I
emulated one thats already gone through usability testing and numerous
focus groups. While appreciate your opinion, code speaks louder than
words.  If you've got a better idea by all means implement it.  I
capable of seperating myself from the code I write.  And since we're
waving around our development histories, I've been writing code
professionaly for somewhere in the region of 12 years sonny. ;)

> With that I'll just shut up now.  I think I've tried to lay out my case
> as to why I think that new style is bad.  If you choose not to agree,
> that's fine!  In the spirit of open-source software I'm lending a voice
> to try to improve the product.  Please don't take this any other way.  I
> love my Myth box quite a bit, and have "converted" four friends to also
> set one up for themselves.  There's so much potential in MythTV that I
> just want to make sure nothing detracts from the amazing software.

As I said above, code speaks louder than words.  If you don't like
something, then as a developer change it and submit a patch.

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