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From: Adam Dingle <adam <at> yorba.org>
Subject: taking features away (compact view removed from Nautilus)
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gnome.desktop
Date: Saturday 30th June 2012 16:27:21 UTC (over 5 years ago)
I realized recently to my surprise and dismay that the compact view has
been removed from Nautilus:

http://git.gnome.org/browse/nautilus/commit/?id=241e462024070d9f79f4816256fc00ff5119e25f
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=676842

When I switched to GNOME back in 2006, Nautilus had only the icon and list
views.  At that time I felt that was a serious limitation of the GNOME
desktop, since neither of these views made it easy to browse directories
with lots of files in a readable way.  I really wanted a view where I
could reasonably see lots of files at once, with filenames stacked
vertically (so I wouldn't have to scan my eyes in two dimensions in order
to find a filename I wanted) and where the filenames wouldn't wrap.

I spent a couple of weekends back then hacking on a compact view for
Nautilus, but never found the time to quite make it work, so I rejoiced
when Christian Neumair implemented a compact view in March 2008:

http://git.gnome.org/browse/nautilus/commit/?id=b19cc7674bf16a89447de2fe9b112d5a352d233e

Compare two views of the same folder zoomed to the same level of visual
file density, one with text beside icons, the other in compact view.
 Which would you rather scan when looking for a file?

text beside icons: http://yorba.org/download/scratch/nautilus_icon_view.png
compact view: http://yorba.org/download/scratch/nautilus_compact_view.png

For the last 6 years, every time I've set up a GNOME machine (certainly
many dozens of times) I've set it to use compact view by default.  I've
often thought this should be the default for everyone.

So now all I can say is this: Where was this change discussed, other than
the above Bugzilla ticket which a tiny number of people saw?  When were we
given the opportunity to comment on this change?  Why, why, why?

I'd like to end on a constructive note.  I propose that GNOME adopt the
following policy.  No major feature will be removed from a core GNOME
application before a discussion has occurred on a public mailing list such
as this one (or on a Bugzilla bug, with a prominent mailing list
announcement pointing to the bug in question).  I also propose that all
such feature removals that have occurred in the 3.6 development cycle be
reverted until such discussion has occured.

The features in core GNOME apps are the result of years of hard work and
consensus building by our community.  All I ask is to be informed before
these features vanish and to be given the chance to say why I like them so
much.

adam
 
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