Re: [PATCH] Allow to remove computer, home folder, trash from desktop by dragging them to trash

On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 14:14 +0200, Christian Neumair wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, den 13.07.2005, 14:11 +0200 schrieb Alexander Larsson:
> > On Tue, 2005-07-12 at 23:22 +0200, Christian Neumair wrote:
> > > From bug 155771 [1]:
> > > 
> > > "Removal of computer/desktop/trash icons from desktop unintuitive
> > > 
> > > For example: Removing the Wastebasket/Trash icon. The only reason I
> > > managed to find out how to get rid of it was looking at bugzilla."
> > > 
> > > Note that I'm strduping the name of the desktop items instead of using
> > > predefined names like "Trash", "Computer" or "Home" because people
> > > complained in bugzilla that if they name their trash foobar it should be
> > > referred to as foobar elsewhere.
> > > 
> > > [1]
> > 
> > The problem here is that this is an immutable operation. There is no way
> > to undo this without using gconf. One way operations like that are not
> > very nice.
> I don't quiet get why you keep disputing with our usability crew. I
> don't say Alan is godlike. But he understands way more from usability
> than we do, just like you understand way more from programming and
> project organization than I do.

You used to be able to delete the icons, but we got bug reports that
this was confusing, so it was removed. I'm sure we can find usability
experts who argue both ways. 

This sorts of oneway preference setting is bad in the same way as "don't
show me this dialog again" checkboxes, which the UI people recommend not
to use. To really be fully working they need some actual UI to reenable
it again, and we've already decided that this preference isn't important
enough to have a UI for (thus its gconf only).

At the end of the day, the maintainers calls the shots. If the usability
people disagree with my decision, they have to convince me.

 Alexander Larsson                                            Red Hat, Inc 
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