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2-10-2010 @ 2:51PM
>No, I didn't quite mean that addon authors should know how I want it. I apologize if that's what I sounded like.Ok, so what do you mean? What do you want from addon authors? Your particular complaints were quite specific, and were more in lines of how you wanted things, and as such would require more customized options for you to be satisfied, not less. >There was a time when I would've stood shoulder-to-shoulder with you in that regard. No, I don't think you would have, because if nothing else, we'd have totally different preferences. I can tell from your criticisms of particular addons that we do not share a similar philosophy at all when it comes to our desired UI. >I've seen lots of good apps that went with the detailed-options route and many good apps with the integrated, zero-configuration route. I used to be in the detailed camp, having shifted to the zero-configuration camp in recent years for various reasons. The point I was getting with is that I've seen next-to-no addons developed with a zero-configuration style in mind.<Really? For me, it depends on the addons. Some addons don't care about customization, some very much do. UI Addons such as Bartender and Xperl, to point out two you named which I'm familiar with, they exist to be customized, not to be just used as is. Whether or not they can be made to do things how you like them, I don't know, but it seems a bit unfair to complain that you're expected to not just use the defaults. Or that they don't work with every addon out there as well as you expect.To bring it back to computers, Sure, there are annoying apps that use their own widgets and whatnot (Quicktime, I"m looking at you), but there are times when the default UI just doesn't work for some people. The difference between most UI addons and Quicktime though, is that one is meant to be different, the other is just being obstreperous. And there's not even any configuration options in Quicktime. Unlike say Mozilla, or WinAmp where I can at least download some new skins.Never wanted that, but it's apparently popular with some folks. >Question: where is a good source of these Addon Packs you speak of?<I couldn't say, I don't download packs, but I guess Curse has them. Whether it's any good, whether any of them are good, or would suit you? It's beyond me. I learned I liked having choices myself, and I prefer to pick and choose rather than go with some. And yes, there are some UI addons that do have too much configuration for me to bother with, Pitbull was one for example. If you'd mentioned that one as being too complicated, I'd have at least understood where you're coming from, but again, the nature of your criticisms, doesn't point me to think you would benefit from a simpler configuration option, but rather, that you'd be more satisfied with tinkering. You may not like the work, per se, but your specific needs are detailed enough that it's required.At least that's how it looks to me.
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