Re: Greatest Common Factor [Was: GNOME Nirvana]

From: Luis Villa <louie ximian com>
On Wed, 2003-07-09 at 10:18, Jeff Waugh wrote:
<quote who="Luis Villa">
> 'greatest common factor' is supposed to be a sound-bite sized way of
> describing 'what we are aiming at.' But I for one couldn't tell you
> exactly what it means, and it seems clear from this thread that others
> can't tell you or are confused as well.
> > Basically, if the goal of 'what should be in the desktop' can't be
> explained in one simple sentence, it probably (though not definitely)
> needs re-thinking. I don't think GCF can stand on that- each of those
> three words needs a sentence on it's own, as far I can see :) If I'm wrong
> about that, please let me know; I do want /some/ simple goal and standard
> that I can easily explain to everyone.
Yes, it is a shorthand way of describing the point. There has to be further
explanation, that's only natural. Read your own GEP 10, and my modules
analysis page for more about what GCF means. Perhaps the concept needs its
own page,

If it is so complex it needs it's own page, I fear that we're doing
something very wrong.

Instead of using a lofty goal such as greatest common factor, maybe its better to describe this goal in terms of personas we target. I believe calum had a set of possible persona's for gnome. When considering a new app or module we can ask some basic questions. Is it likely that this app will benefit our desktop personas in a meaningful way. Will the inclusion of this app negatively affect the experience of these users. etc.

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