[Sidefx-houdini-list] Clear market feedback with RFE

Robert Magee rmagee at sidefx.com
Thu Jan 31 15:08:07 EST 2008


I really like this one because you find out how many points, how many 
points against and how many voters. The points give you popularity while 
the number of voters shows how many people are interested. For Houdini 
the one thing that I would consider is making sure there are categories 
for the RFE's since different teams at Sidefx focus on different areas 
of the software. It would also be nice if each RFE had a summary like 
the one here but it would be good to have details.

I know that it is possible to assign polls to threads. Maybe a forum 
format could work. When a new RFE is posted it comes with a poll asking 
for degrees of importance. Then a list like the one you have here posts 
the results of the polls along with the thread title and summary along 
with a link back to the thread. Therefore this list is really just an 
organized way to look at the RFE forum and polls.


John Coldrick wrote:
> 	Here's a list that speaks for itself.  I sort of consider Houdini a little 
> bit like Vim - extremely well respected by a lot of very capable users, but 
> sometimes a little intimidating to new users.  Not to take the analogy too 
> far, because I think vim can be downright archaic at the best of times and 
> no-one wants Houdini to be *hard* to learn.  However, look at this list:
> http://www.vim.org/sponsor/vote_results.php
> 	This is from users that were willing to *pay* to vote, not just anyone.  Look 
> at many of the top entries on the list.  These suggestions would completely 
> bloat and ruin Vim, removing the things that make it good in the first place.  
> They're not all bad, but some of the most popular would turn Vim into Emacs, 
> basically. They are 'most popular requests'.  As Ivan correctly pointed out - 
> popularity lists amongst users is not the right path to making software 
> better.  As also pointed out, it doesn't *hurt* to collect 
> information(although all this talk about getting someone to donate their time 
> comes with a big assumption that someone will take on that formidible task), 
> but it's disheartening to me to hear all this talk about popularity contests 
> for RFEs.
> 	J.C.

Robert Magee
Product Marketing Manager
Side Effects Software Inc.
416 504-9876 x327

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