[Dextrose] Sugar UI Dictator

Martin Dengler martin at martindengler.com
Mon Nov 8 22:12:41 EST 2010

On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 07:49:19PM -0500, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-10-29 at 10:02 +0100, Martin Dengler wrote:
> > IMO a decent justification and a willingness to update the affected
> > wiki pages - including the HIG - to a similar or better standard as
> > what existed before should almost be enough for me.
> > 
> > What I'm worried about is the HIG that exists - incomplete as it is -
> > is being chipped away and we're left with UI that's justified by
> > nothing but a patchwork of ad-hoc decisions made by very different
> > people with very different users in mind.
> While I strongly believe in the power of loosely-managed
> volunteer-driven development, distributed authority doesn't seem to work
> equally well when it comes to human interface design.
> Good design implies one consistent vision, which is hard to obtain
> collaboratively. A case-by-case decision process results in either
> inconclusive discussions or UI inconsistency.
> It might work better if we agreed to delegate all design decisions to
> one clever dictator

Great idea.

Sebastian is calling for a HIG update as part of his SLOBs platform -
perhaps the new HIG Dictator should commit to doing that in some fixed
period of time?

Failing one Dictator, erm, seizing power, perhaps we could just agree
on some group of people who will be the dictators, and not revisit
that for a while.

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