On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 11:53 AM, Joshua D. Drake <j...@commandprompt.com> 
> wrote:
>> The right answer isn't the answer founded in the reality for many if not
>> most of our users.
> I think that's high-handed nonsense.  Sure, there are some
> unsophisticated users who do incredibly stupid things and pay the
> price for it, but there are many users who are very sophisticated and
> make good decisions and don't want or need the system itself to act as
> a nanny.  When we constrain the range of possible choices because
> somebody might do the wrong thing, sophisticated users are hurt
> because they can no longer make meaningful choices, and stupid users
> still get in trouble because that's what being stupid does.  The only
> way to fix that is to help people be less stupid.  You can't tell
> adult users running enterprise-grade software "I'm sorry, Dave, I
> can't do that".  Or at least it can cause a few problems.


I really don't like this paternalistic mindset.

Peter Geoghegan

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