Call for constructive user criticism.

Hello guys, 

   So there I was, watching Animal Planet with a special issue on
Bonobos.  Interesting documentary, and it ocurred to me:  How can we
make GNOME so simple that even a Bonobo could use it?

   Here is what we need:

   1. A team of *users* that would tell us what they would like to see
      in GNOME:

      a. To make the interface easier. 
      b. To make it more intuitive to people.
      c. To make the system more consistent.
      d. To make the system "nicer".
      e. To make GNOME the best user interface out there.
      f. To improve the documentation of GNOME.

   2. A team coordinator that would compile and maintain all of these
      ideas and comments.  He would need to provide a document on the
      web to allow the developers to address those usability issues.

   3. We need people to coordinate with this person.

   4. We need the first draft to evolve "naturally".  This means,
      there is no need to wait for years to get the perfect document
      done.  Get a draft out in two days and keep updating it.  It
      does not need to address everything at the beginning and it can
      change from day to day. 

* On the document

   We would like this document to include precise steps on what can be
done to achieve a certain goal.  

   For example, saying "Make it easy" on the document will be a very
difficult thing to implement or to guess what it does.  

   The more concrete you can be, the better.  For example "Change XXX
in the YYY location to do ZZZZ instead of JJJJJ; I think this can be
done by hacking a piece of code here and there and integrating there"
would be excellent.

* On Consistency:

   The thing that bothers me is that we have for example two ways of
"docking" applications in GNOME: on the Desktop and on the Panel.  We
have various ways of printing: with the print applet or with the print

   Is this a problem?  Do people mind?  Or do people applaud this

* On usability

   We want to make existing users of Mac, Windows and Next feel
confortable with a Unix-based system and feel productive and feel like
they are using the best tools out there.  So they can go with their
friends and honestly say "Your proprietary system is ancient; Not only
ancient but complex, I use GNOME at home".  You get the idea.

* Coordination

   The coordintion can take place in, or in the

   For documentation related issues, you can contact Dave
( directly, he is coordinating the GNOME documentation

* Notes

   We can not do big interface "leaps" quickly, but we can try.  We
are certainly interested in things that would be more consistent in
the short term as well.

Best wishes,


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