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RE: Request for list links in left side navbar (Attn: CGF)
- From: "Hannu E K Nevalainen \(garbage mail\)" <garbage_collector at telia dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 14:08:56 +0200
- Subject: RE: Request for list links in left side navbar (Attn: CGF)
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
> Of Ronald Landheer-Cieslak
> On Thu, 3 Jul 2003, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> > 2) You may notice that I point to the mailing list page rather
> > than specifically to the cygwin mailing list in other cases also.
> > This is for the same vain mean hope that someone will read some
> > of the info there before posting.
> I see nothing mean in hoping - infact, it's kinda opposite to "mean" to
> hope people will read and learn something. The fact that that hope is
> largely in vain makes it more "cute" than "mean"..
> It would have been mean if you removed the text and, later, said "you
> should have read what was on the site a year ago!"
> Sorry, but I don't thing the WJM approach works in this case..
> WJR(*), perhaps?
> WJR: We're Just Right[eous]
My (Humble?) Opinion, $0.02 or whatever:
Sigh ;-) it *is* mean to *not* take the user to exactly the point he/she is
expecting when following a link. i.e. WJM applies ;-)
In other words: This might be slightly "counter productive"; causing
_confusion_ where there really shouldn't be any of it.
- Confusion causes questions
-> questions causes (unnecessary?) traffic on the list.
- Confusion at one occasion
-> Less probable that same user tries to look/search at the same place
MODE=Argument for an "ease of use" attitude
I think there is similarities between web-pages and user interfaces (UI's).
If a UI would do the 'same' as is indicated above, the software in question
at least 'less popular' amongst its users.
/Hannu E K Nevalainen, B.Sc. EE - Micro Computer Systems, 59~14'N, 17~12'E
~ <=> degree
Good(?) rules for creating documentation:
- Be as direct as possible.
- 'Hide' details until they are needed.
- Avoid confusion.
- Make it _easy_ to find the right information.
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