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RE: [TSVN] Re: RFC: New cache scheme

From: Hughes, Bill <Bill.Hughes_at_cox.co.uk>
Date: 2005-01-24 16:38:05 CET

Will Dean wrote:
> At 15:05 24/01/2005 +0000, you wrote:
>> And if that had been suggested three option tabs back?
> We would have fewer options...
Fewer is not _necessarily_ better, but it could be.

>> IMHO a blanket ban on new options (especially where functionality is
>> being changed) is as wrong headed as adding options recklessly.
> Sure. I did start my sentence 'Maybe'.
>> Why not just try for a reasonable consensus as at present?
> Sure.
>> TSVN is balancing this particular tightrope well, why change what
>> works.
> I'm not. I'm participating in a discussion.
Of course - as I hope are we all. I'm just presenting a counter-argument for
making changes (to the ui) in as non-disruptive a fashion as practicable.

> Personally I think it is extremely close to having too many
> options as it
> is, and a few of them might have been avoided by improving the
> implementation rather than allowing people to switch it off.
Sometimes yes, it would be prudent to poll users (on the list out of
necessity) on any proposed removals to see how the option is set and why.
Obviously an option setting that is no longer usable because of code changes
is another matter.
Some people do things in odd ways, sometimes they even have reasons.
> That's not a criticism of Stefan at all - it's enormously
> quicker to add an
> option to turn something off than it is to rewrite it, and
> perf-related things are often very difficult to verify on a different
> setup.
>> Add a new option if, and only if, a meaningful benefit results.
> Absolutely. It's just hard to get rid of them once they've
> been added.
Oh yes, it's just I think it would be better to be cautious in making any
changes to a UI - either way. From my pov I don't care much, I'm satisfied
(as a user) with he way this project runs, it's that while you can totally
change the caching (for example) if you even switch a few tabs around
someone will likely complain.
For a bad analogy you could probably get away with changing a car from front
to rear wheel drive, petrol to electric etc and a lot of drivers wouldn't
notice, but if the colour of the radio backlight changes...
Maybe I'm be too conservative here - after all by it's nature tsvn is
primarily a tool for devs. On the other hand we're all users to someone.

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