[tomboy-list] Feedback Requested: Notifying user of migration away from ~/.tomboy
sanfordarmstrong at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 07:28:31 PDT 2009
On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 7:28 AM, Sandy
Armstrong<sanfordarmstrong at gmail.com> wrote:
> Here's what I need help on: letting the user know that their data has
> moved. My current plan is that instead of forcing the user to dismiss
> a dialog of some kind, we generate a new note that gives them all the
> info. They can read it at their leisure, or ignore it, or delete it
> (since probably 95% of users do not care where their note files are
> stored). Still, I feel a little weird about putting this note in the
> faces of a ton of users who will just consider it an annoyance.
As you may have seen in the 0.15.6 release email, I decided *not* to
notify the user about this change from within Tomboy.
After the discussion on this list (many thinks for everyone's input),
in IRC, and with various other GNOME folks, I became convinced that
this is really not something that the user should be bugged about.
Imagine thousands of Tomboy users upgrading their distro this fall,
and on their first log in, they are greeted by a note with a bunch of
information that is completely meaningless to them, but which they'll
probably read because it must be important if it popped up after they
upgraded. ;-) This would be especially lame on distros where Tomboy
is in the panel by default, and the only notes a user has are the
So, instead I decided to follow the advice of Michael Hutchinson and
place a YOUR_NOTES_HAVE_MOVED! file in ~/.tomboy. The idea is that
anyone mucking around in there should already know what they're doing
is unsupported, and hopefully they will notice this text file. The
contents of the file are the same as the note contents would have
It's not too late in the cycle to change how we do this, so comments
are welcome. I just wanted to let you guys know the current behavior.
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