René Micout rene.micout at
Sun May 2 12:04:42 EDT 2010


Le 2 mai 2010 à 04:13, J. Landman Gay a écrit :

> But with caution. I'm in favor of keeping it out of the spotlight until there are many more apps available, hundreds hopefully. A few meager offerings is not inspiring.
> And they have to be quality offerings. As someone who had to review and release hundreds of HC stacks to the AOL libraries, I know that 99% of what came in was pure crap. Because HC was so accessible, everyone thought they were a developer. Avoidance of even the suggestion of a HIG was the norm. Radio buttons used as checkboxes or pushbuttons ("because I like how they look,") menus missing or out of order ("I don't need an Edit menu,") known commercial app icons (MacWrite) used for private stack purposes ("go cd images",) you name it. Virtually everything about these stacks was wrong. Outsiders scoffed. Rightfully.
> And then there were the kids. I wavered between disgust and delight. Their stacks were invariably flip card animations done with crude line drawings, generally on topics humorous to nine year olds. "Kill Barney" was very popular, we had probably a dozen of those, not counting the rejected ones. The weapon of choice varied from guns (all models) to swords and knives; one stick man farted old Barney to death. We had to make a separate library for these and tag them with editorial code words like "simple line drawings" so that everyone else would know not to download them.
> This lack of professionalism in HC stacks was one of the reasons it was rarely regarded as a serious tool, and it gave HC a bad name generally. The number of really good stacks was pretty small. Unfair as it is, the quality of the output often reflects on the tools used rather than the authors. If there is ever a Rev app store, it needs to have lots of files, all of which pass a certain standard of professionalism. That means someone has to check and verify every submission, which would open a whole other can of worms.
> I confess though, in retrospect I really do wish I'd saved a copy of "Man Gets Beheaded By a Ceiling Fan." You had to be there.

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