Re: Gnome 3 Extensions/Themes Website?

On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM, Allan Day <allanpday gmail com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-06-10 at 11:25 +0100, Allan Day wrote:
>> Jasper St. Pierre wrote:
>> > Welp, I was going to have a thread announcing my work on this, but I
>> > guess I'll just hijack this one.
>> I knew this was on the cards but I have to say that I am surprised that
>> it is actually being pursued in this form.
>> Facilitating the unrestricted use of extensions and themes by end users
>> seems contrary to the central tenets of the GNOME 3 design. We've fought
>> long and hard to give GNOME 3 a consistent visual appearance, to make it
>> synonymous with a single user experience and to ensure that that
>> experience is of a consistently high quality. A general purpose
>> extensions and themes distribution system seems to threaten much of
>> that.
> One particular issue is the ability for users to modify the top bar via
> extensions. This part of the UI is vital for giving GNOME 3 a
> distinctive visual appearance. If we do have extensions, I would very
> much like to see the top bar made out of bounds for extension writers,
> therefore. We have to have at least *something* that remains consistent.

Those who are satisfied with original design won't even care about
extensions. Those who are not, well, you can't stop them anyway. Why
making it just harder? If the majority of users are happy with
original design, consistence will be there. If not, we may need to
reconsider the design.

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