Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th May 2006 04:08 UTC
Editorial It's conventional wisdom that computers need to be "easier to use." But do they? More reliable, yes. Easier to troubleshoot, yes. But now that so many people use computers so much, I think there's something to be said for making them less easy-to-use and less intuitive.
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by j-s-h on Wed 24th May 2006 18:56 UTC
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I refuted the article.

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RE: Refutation
by starnix on Thu 25th May 2006 16:46 in reply to "Refutation"
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Just playing devils advocate here but read the following paragraph.

"A more reasonable example: Is it stupid to expect the computer to save the work automatically? Imagine Bob, a person new to computers, who types for an half an hour or so, assuming that the program automatically preserves his work, then when closing the program, misinterpets the do you want to save? dialog as "do you want to save the last few minutes of work?" and answers no. Interfaces need automatic save, which would make it easier for both acclimated and unaclimated users."

If Bob Misinterprets the dialog as "do you want to save the last few minutes of work?" and answers no, then automatic saving would be doing EXACTLY what he doesn't want to do by saving his work automatically. How is this helpful?

I sort of agree with the original posters point of view. If people are unwilling to read important dialogs and end up losing their work then screw them. It isn't a flaw in the design of the OS or application.

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RE[2]: Refutation
by j-s-h on Tue 30th May 2006 11:41 in reply to "RE: Refutation"
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When the user doesn't want the last changes, the save dialog is completely unnecessary, because undo works much better.

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