Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 16th Jan 2011 13:52 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones A mini-tempest has been raging across the web with anger at Mozilla for removing the RSS icon from the Firefox 4 toolbar by default (and moving it to the bookmarks menu). This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, and I had avoided writing about it on OSNews since the recent furore is often cited to have begun around a personal blog post I wrote, but now things have come to an impasse: "No matter how loudly you shout, what you see in the beta with regard to the feed auto-discovery button is what will ship in Firefox 4". When Mozilla can say they are open to input, but refuse to change in the face of near universal disagreement, we all lose, not just me.
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Why less is more.
by Jack Matier on Sun 16th Jan 2011 22:17 UTC
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I'm going to play as a devil's advocate here.

I love having features available to me in as few clicks as possible. It's important for me to see whether or not a website has an RSS feed available. My dad doesn't care. My mom doesn't either.

The thing is, even if it does only show up when an RSS feed is available it only helps those users discover RSS feeds IF that is the type of user they are.

I don't know about many of you, but I've found that with any new user to a foreign system, that person needs to be shown how to do something. They don't stray much outside that box they're shown until they start getting comfortable with it and not worried about f--king it up.

More unknown buttons scare the shit out of people who don't know what to do with them:

But with less things to click, things become a bit less scary. Google Chrome isn't scary because it doesn't present things the user wouldn't likely know.

In summary, there are two users:
- Those willing to explore
- Those not willing to explore

Those willing to explore will find a button they can add.

Those not willing to explore won't find this weird broadcasting icon and worry about their identity being sent off to space.

This doesn't mean I'm for or against their decision - I don't know what my position is yet. I know I use RSS feeds extensively. They're useful, it's like upgrading my ability to browse things I find interesting.

Edited 2011-01-16 22:18 UTC

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