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On Fri, 2010-11-19 at 12:19 +0100, Christoph Noack wrote:

"User's don't give requirements. They provide information".

If you ask for requirements, you might end up in getting answers that
lead to the same design like it is available today. Only few people
might come up with suggestions what might be better ...

It's true that if you ask users for requirements, the answers will often
be based on existing solutions and lots of hidden assumptions.

I'm in 2 roles here, designer and potential user. You could assume a
risk of what I offer being to too self-centered. On the other hand I
have the domain-specific knowledge and experience that is needed. The
fun thing is that I have to apply it on itself ;)

Also note that much of what I wrote is not about what people have been
or are doing, but is about what they should be doing.

You really don't need to worry about this leading to a design like it
would be available today, already. I'm rather sure there is no
open-source solution, yet. I'm not familiar with proprietary solutions
that might exist, so no risk of blindly copying them.

Thorsten Wilms

thorwil's design for free software:

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