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RE: [TSVN] TortoiseSVN looses comments when commit fails.

From: Julian Ransom <julian_at_themobileagent.com>
Date: 2005-10-04 23:59:38 CEST

For my two cents' worth: I'm certainly not lacking in curiosity, but I *am*
busy, so I missed this too. For a long time I used to copy my text to the
clipboard before committing, just in case!

When I discovered that that combobox contained my last text, I had a slight
Homer Simpson moment, but I didn't beat my self about it: let's be honest,
that combobox really doesn't look like it would contain the text that I
tried, and failed, to commit. It looks like it contains, well, a Log Message
History. Of messages that were logged, not messages that weren't.

For what it's worth,

There. Two cents.


-----Original Message-----
From: Douglas Stonham [mailto:dstonham@pennysaverusa.net]
Sent: 04 October 2005 22:35
To: dev@tortoisesvn.tigris.org
Subject: Re: [TSVN] TortoiseSVN looses comments when commit fails.

On Tue, October 4, 2005 1:51 pm, Thomas Hruska wrote:
> The root problem is that electricity has pretty much overstayed its
> visit and everything new that we have is ultimately and fundamentally
> based around it. What the human race needs is something completely
> brand new to explore. Change has historically happened when new
> avenues of exploration become available to the general public. We're
> bored with electricity, give us something else to play with.

I'm sorry. What the heck are you talking about?

I'm pretty sure that, at least as far as I'm concerned, computers have
progressed beyond the point where the fact they are based on electronics,
let alone electricity, has absolutely no impact on anything beyond the
people who design circuits or device drivers. Even as a programmer, it
doesn't affect me at all.

Are you talking about some kind of fundamental paradigm shift for the user
interface rather than the technology? If so, why do you think that would
make any difference to how likely it is for a user to try out the options
available to them?

>> And curiosity is exactly what this guy (and others who miss this
>> feature) lack completely - otherwise they would have played around in
>> the commit dialog and found the combobox and what it can do, instead
>> of just "oh, there's something there, but I don't care what it is for".
>> Stefan
> But you have to remember that most people (80%) mentally refuse to
> change or explore once they have a set routine. Until something
> better than electricity comes along, it helps everyone out in the
> meantime if each dialog fits the unspoken expectations of user interface

If a user is not prepared to help themselves by reading the line "Log
Message History" and acting upon that stimulous then they really do need to
try being a little more interactive rather than passively crying for help.
(Apologies to the person who asked the question, this isn't aimed
specifically at you).

Stefan? One thing that might help would be to move the "Log Message
History" label closer to the drop down. Currently, when I look at the
commit dialog it looks like that label refers to the list of changed files
below rather than to the drop down box.


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