Formal complaint concerning the use of the name "System Settings"

Oswald Buddenhagen ossi at
Wed Jul 27 08:33:26 BST 2011

On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 11:24:26PM +0200, Ambroz Bizjak wrote:
> Alternatively, there would be "System Settings (KDE desktop
> configuration)" and "System Settings (GNOME desktop configuration)",
> possibly the text in parentheses being subscribed instead. This is a
> little less confusing, but still confusing compared to just "System
> Settings" and "GNOME System Settings", where "System Settings", the
> native tool, is clearly preferred.
i would argue that thomas' solution is better, because it is more
explicit. your automatic preference for the desktop's native settings
app is counterproductive for the user, because he sees "ah, system
settings" and "wtf is this?". he ignores the latter, and is frustrated
by the result. in thomas' variant otoh he sees *two* "wtf?"s, and *has*
to research it, understand the underlying problem. this is a requirement
of the reality we present him with, so that outcome is *good*.

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