<gg <at> catking.net> writes:
> I dont think Nathan's analysis is that far "off the mark". The interaction
> with the UI team is very one way and definately gives the impression of
> "please go away , we're busy."
> The so called brainstorm blog is more like a super market's suggestion box
> than a discussion.
> There is a definate attempt to keep "outsiders" at arms length and the
> blog really just looks like it's there so any critisism of not being open
> can be countered by saying "look we have the blog for ideas".
Well, I agree with the gist of your message... but one thing needs to be said:
Designing a good UI doesn't require the same amount of people that implementing
it in code does. I work in a small software house and our software is much more
complex than the Gimp. We have exactly 2.5 people  who do UI design. But we
have dozens of developers.
As for the UI blog, I think it's misleading: it is obvious, from the analysis
done by the UI team, that they don't really care about the proposed solutions.
This is just a way to find out what *problems* the users are trying to solve.
The UI team will come with its own solutions in the end. Like you, I'd like
to see them before they are implemented... I myself sometime have UI ideas
which I post here, but I never know if the UI team did not think of them
I'm the 0.5 - I'm mainly a graphic artist but occasionally help with the UI
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