[Bf-funboard] UI talk + session at bconf

david j davidj at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 01:23:38 CEST 2013

On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM, Ruth Ivimey-Cook <ruth at ivimey.org> wrote:

> I would also caution that, in some cases at least, "user ignorance" is a
>  bug of sorts - either a UI bug, or a docs bug - because unless the user
> really didn't look, a UI that prompts people to ask for a feature that
> exists is by definition bad.


One common term for this is a "discoverability problem". Blender has plenty
of them, but it's also been improving dramatically in this respect. The
thing is, the user who couldn't find the feature that exists usually
doesn't propose to fix discovery, they usually propose to add something
that at a minimum is redundantly adding more complexity, rather than
improving and clarifying the way the functionality is handled. This is why
there is often a bunch of "noise" in proposals, whether they are casual
feature requests or experierienced users mindfully trying to suggest
features. Blender is a really complicated piece of software, as 3d modelers
tend to be. :)

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