Talk:User Experience/Myths about UX

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Advanced functionality doesn't hurt - newcomers just won't use it!

Yes it does hurt! Each piece of functionality added to a system requires interaction - menu space, buttons, keybindings, advanced settings. This will automatically lead to an increased overall complexity that frightens or overwhelmes users. So if you are in doubt if a feature makes sense for many people, then better omit and just serve their needs - you keep the complexity limited and people will be happy anyway!

That response to me seems a little black/white, it basically states that advanced features will be omitted per definition in favor of the common denominator. It would seem to me that it is definitely possible to please both groups. I would agree that advanced functionality should not be visible by default for the reasons mentioned but a user should be able to expose such functionality through a configuration mechanism. Proper extension points would go a long way. --Bruce 11:29, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
What I would not like, is an approach that has and Continued> Advanced> Expert sequence in many dialogues. It's not for nothing that many people prefer the Writer interface over that from Word.
Maybe one option, that toggles between Basic <> Advanced interface ?? --Cor Nouws 06:52, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
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