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Subject: Re: Option rework (was: Re: my next crazy idea... rework the menusystem)

Re: Option rework (was: Re: my next crazy idea... rework the menusystem)

From: Steve Bavin <pondlife_at_ntlworld.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 10:00:49 +0100

> The challenge is of course to identify which options are useless for
> most, and only essential for a small group to make the remaining setting
> relevant to as man people as possible. Of course it should also be taken
> into considerations which options are used often, and which are used
rarely.

I don't think there is a good answer to the question "Which options are
rarely used". Majority rule will particularly not work in this case. Also,
I suspect that many people don't use features as they don't know about them,
and hiding them away will make this worse, not better.

I vote to keep everything in the settings menus, but reorder them;
discussion on reordering should go here:
http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/MenuLayoutDiscussion

FWIW, I've been involved in 2 other apps (at different companies) where it
was decided that the configuration was over-complex, and in both cases a
"simplified" option (i.e. with some less essential options hidden or made
harder to get to) was tried and revoked because it actually increased
support calls.

Steve Bavin
Received on 2006-08-23


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