[wp-hackers] WP 2.7 menu sidebar

Stephen Rider wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Sat Aug 23 13:20:57 GMT 2008

I think my problem with all this is that I seriously question the  
wisdom of doing a radical interface change in 2.5 and then almost  
immediately doing _another_ radical interface change in 2.7.  It makes  
WP look like something done by people who are just playing around.

Choose an interface, and then use it.  Quit batting your users around  
like a toy to a bored cat.  Geeks (that's us) love this kind of stuff;  
but Joe User HATES it -- DESPISES IT, actually.  I can think of a few  
non-techies who would throw up their hands in disgust at this.

As far as I'm concerned, that choice has already been made.  We've  
made our bed and now we need to sleep in it.  If we wanted to do this  
stuff we should have left the 2.5 interface alone, knowing that we  
wanted to do other stuff almost immediately down the road.

Again, I'm a geek; I'll deal with it.  But we're yanking the rug out  
from under our users (and, again, plugin authors).  IF this is really  
going to happen, so be it; but we then need a moratorium on further  
GUI redesigns for a while -- I would say two years _minimum_.  Choose  
wisely, and don't be short sighted -- we're all gonna be stuck with  
what we choose now.



Stephen Rider

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