removal of KWhatsThisManager?

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Fri May 14 18:42:35 BST 2010

hi everyone ...

KWhatsThisManager was introduced in 2004 as a way to hopefully get some of our 
users contributing back whatsthis help entries by showing a helpful "there is 
no content, if you'd like to provide some content, click here" which then 
spawns an email that the person may fill in. neat idea.

i don't know how successful it's been, but sometimes people do click on it and 
try to help out, as can be seen here:

unfortunately, the email address it uses bounces. i just tried myself and 
apparently it goes to kde-usability-issues at which no longer exists.

the question i have is: do we want to maintain this service? if so, it needs 
to be made more robust and that email needs to go somewhere. and i could 
probably just file a sysadmin bug to get that hooked up somewhere... but the 
question is: where?

personally, i don't think it's worth maintaining. why?

* it installs a global event filter on the qApp as soon as you create a 
KDialog or KMainWindow

* for applications that are not written by the core KDE community, there is 
really very little we can do with the submissions, and we're now getting 
complaints about this on kde-devel

* i'm not sure it's the most elegant thing to show a bunch of "no content..", 
"no content.." messages to people; given that we still have such widgets all 
over the place in KDE, i don't think this idea has actually worked out

* it's obviously not being overly well maintained at the moment :)

so, unless there are any objections, i will remove KWhatsThisManager from 
kdeui (thankfully it's a private class).

Aaron J. Seigo
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