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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] [Doug on the Eclipse CDT] New comment on "Eclipse smells kind of dead"???.


Comments below.

On 13/07/2013 1:57 PM, Fabian Steeg wrote:
I think the discussion about getting new contributors is good and important.

Just one thought on a different aspect however: it seems many user issues come down to the default settings (about half of the top 10 on the site, and both bugs mentioned by Denis).
Yes, I was just chatting to someone else about that today.  
Changing them has been tried and doesn't seem to work.
No, it will just annoy the hell out of people, much like the latest software update made all my firefox tabs bigger.  I didn't ask for that and had to Google to find out how to make them smaller again, and even now, that style setting makes the font smaller, so it just don't look the same anymore (the same size tabs but smaller fonts).  It's just not an improvement!  I really hate it, though I don't hate firefox!
Could some sort of settings profiles/themes help instead?
How about something like a prominent "configure" on the welcome page which brings up a wizard that includes the top 10 settings for behaviors that people complain and are completely configurable to eliminate those complaints.

I'm thinking something like an option to select the settings profile in the workspace selection dialog - out of the box there could simply be two options: 'built-in Eclipse settings' and 'Eclipse community settings' (which could be the most starred settings profile available on the marketplace or so).
It would still be nice to easily deviate from this, without having to find the preferences in the rat's nest of preference.  Determining the "most hated default settings" and the "most hated behaviors configurable via settings" and making the user aware of their total control over these things on first start up seems like a good solution.

This could not only fix issues that make people angry, but on the positive side also introduce them to many awesome Eclipse features they didn't know about, and increase the feeling of community influence on how Eclipse behaves.
I agree that something along these lines would be a good thing to explore.  It's silly to have people hate Eclipse because it doesn't show line numbers by default in the text editors.  I personally hate line numbers.  They're a waste of valuable space.  But that's just my biased opinion.


On 12.07.2013, at 18:25, Doug Schaefer <dschaefer@xxxxxxx> wrote:

It is. And I'm sure there are hate sites for every tool people use. Eclipse isn't unique that way.

My point is that user experience is so important to our success, we need to be sensitive to the issues our users are facing. There are a lot of such issues marked WONTFIX, and CDT is as guilty of that as anyone. I'm just wondering how we fix it.


From: Denis Roy <denis.roy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Cross project issues <cross-project-issues-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, 12 July, 2013 5:54 PM
To: "cross-project-issues-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx" <cross-project-issues-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] FW: [Doug on the Eclipse CDT] New comment on "Eclipse smells kind of dead"???.

Actually, I think it is awesome feedback, since there are only a handful of issues that seem to raise the anger levels.

I was able to trace a few of the top items to some old bugs:

File out of sync:

Line numbers on by default:

Those bugs are fairly old and both are closed WONTFIX.  It would be interesting if they could be reopened for discussion.


On 07/12/2013 11:31 AM, Doug Schaefer wrote:

Pretty awesome feedback from our passionate user base.


From: "cdtdoug@xxxxxxxxx" <cdtdoug@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, 12 July, 2013 5:29 PM
To: Doug Schaefer <dschaefer@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Fw: [Doug on the Eclipse CDT] New comment on "Eclipse smells kind of dead"???.

From: Alex Lagarde
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 11:25 AM
Subject: [Doug on the Eclipse CDT] New comment on "Eclipse smells kind of

Alex Lagarde has left a new comment on your post ""Eclipse smells kind of dead"???":

Interesting post. Maybe even worst than bugzillas that get no answer are general complaints about Eclipse/Projects that never were raised as issues. That's why this Website, as painfull as it is, provides very interesting feedback

We may have to think about a better way for end-user to raise such "feelings" (maybe an amazon-like rating system which would allow to very quickly rate from 0 to 5 stars a feature or a project).

Posted by Alex Lagarde to Doug on the Eclipse CDT at 4:25 PM GMT+1

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