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RE: Inconsistent GUI behavior for Revert.

From: Fitzgerald, Joe <jfitzgerald_at_gsig.com>
Date: 2007-03-07 00:48:45 CET


>>No it doesn't.

So it doesn't! Sorry to write such a crappy bug report.

>>Generally, adding extra 'are you sure?', 'no, are you really, really
>>sure' dialogs is counter productive.

This is why we see the much welcomed "Don't show this dialog box again"
check box in applications lately. As evidenced in my perception that the
revert happens immediately from the Windows Explorer _I_ am going through
life clicking OK boxes without seeing them!

My user and I still argue that the behavior is inconsistent since some paths
toward reverting produce an "Are you sure" dialog, and at least one doesn't.
Since reverting can result in a loss of data, an "Are you sure" dialog may
not be such a bad thing, particularly if the user can turn it off with a
check box. New users sometimes hear that a version control system
"remembers every change" and will not necessarily understand the
ramifications of reverting a change that has never been committed to the

Fortunately, the patron saint of source control was watching over us, and we
were able to recover the changes from an e-mail message sent before the
revert that prompted this bug report.

So all we ask is that you think about this ... it no longer makes much
difference to us since there has been so much fuss made over the issue in
our shop no one will be making the same mistake again - dialog box or not!

Thanks for reading


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