vokey at uleth.ca
Tue Jun 8 23:37:51 CDT 2004
Sheesh! I have read too much fluff and politeness: it's like the
whole RR list has become Canadian, eh.
A. Let us all agree that:
1) the runrev team members are great, sweet, wonderful people to a
2) runrev is great, sweet, wonderful, <all positive adjectives>, ...
B. But that, the RR IDE (and some aspects of the engine) are deplorably
1) voice all bug complaints *without launching yet again into how ``the
runrev team members are great, sweet, wonderful people to a fault'',
and are all working hard, fingers to the bone, nose to the grind stone,
etc.* Let's just take that as given.
2) *don't apologise for the lousy documentation, inconsistent
functioning, damnably stupid decisions (as you see it) by the RR team.
After all, if *you* can't find it/understand it/use it correctly *it is
not your fault*. By definition, it is theirs. It is their *job* to
make it clear, straightforward, and simple. (Imagine trying to make
your career as a writer and always blaming the reader for ``failing to
understand, not using the index or the appendix you oh so thoughtfully
3) But they won't know to fix it if you don't engage in B.1.---whether
by bugzilla, or by simply writing a letter. *Don't* for a moment
believe that you have to use bugzilla, or even email. Believe (because
of A.1.) that they will and do listen to every complaint. Of course
they do; they are not stupid (and, of course, ``are great, sweet,
wonderful people to a fault.'').
4) But, by B.2., quit mealy-mouthing your responses: you have a right
(and, if you care about the product, duty) to bitch, moan, complain,
perseverate, and otherwise rain on RR and the team *without apology*.
As for those (you know who you are) who inevitably and boringly jump to
RR's defence at every seeming opportunity: give it up. It is silly,
unnecessary, and, importantly, insulting and often unfairly
intimidating to the poor user who is just flummoxed by the many
(entirely expected and predictable) failings of RR. Remember, not all
of us are Windoze users who expect and routinely receive much worse
than RR has ever delivered. My favourite: ``The only time Microsoft
will deliver a product that doesn't suck, is when they sell vacuum
5) I, of course, as a Canadian, did not mean to denigrate in any way
the runrev team members who are all great, sweet, wonderful people to a
fault. ;-) But, you need to claim my nationality to get away with
such transparent piety.
6) Enough. Really. Stop it.
John R. Vokey, PhD
B.E.R.G. - Behaviour and Evolution Research Group
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
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