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Re: Apps available for download suggestions should be kept for searches.
On Sat 25 Feb 2012 20:30:24 GMT, Jo-Erlend Schinstad wrote:
On 25. feb. 2012 20:54, Carl Ansell wrote:
I very much agree with this for usability reasons. The only problem I
see with this, is if the search is sent to an external service, but I
don't think that's the case with the available-apps scope. I have
personally disabled the available-apps scope entirely and I think it
would be better as an opt-in instead of opt-out.
How about just exact matches then? It needs to be clear to the user
that the software centre is the place to search for applications. But
then, if I search the dash for something I believe I have installed,
but it turns out I haven't, then it is useful for the dash to return
a link to available software so it can be installed. I do this often,
because I have different applications installed on different PCs and
end up forgetting what is installed on each PC.
To prevent the pornview scenario happening, we definitely need
something. I believe in the other discussion, it was suggested that
filters are added to the privacy controls to turn off certain
content. If this is introduced effectively, then the scenario above
could become a non-issue.
First of all, are you talking about names or content now? Because as I
said before, the PornView application has absolutely nothing to do
with pornography at all. It's a humorous name. Nothing more. And you
don't have to agree with the humor, but to sensor it would be
outrageous, in my opinion. For instance, Tim Cook could perfectly well
be the stage name of a Norwegian porn-star. ("kukk" in Norwegian is
slang for penis, and pronounced just the same). When Norwegian
children starts to learn English, they have plenty of fun with
similarly sounding words – because there's a whole lot of them. What
about Chinese words?
Content is something else, though I'd be careful about messing too
much with that as well. But things like the Adult Lens, which actively
provides pornographic content, is probably something we can agree
should be in a different class. A lot of people find games of cards
and dice to be deeply offensive, since it creates the possibility of
gambling, which is the devils work... So, should Yatzee be placed in
the Adult category as well, just to be on the safe side?
It would be a fairly thin catalog if it should only display things
that no-one in the entire world could ever find objectionable. I'm not
saying it isn't possible to find solutions to these issues, but I
think it's an extreme challenge.
I agree its a challenge. No doubt someone at Canonical is coming up
with some clever solution to these problems. Using the opt-in approach
you suggested could be beneficial, as the functionality remains
available but only if you want it. I would definitely support this idea.
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is eventually changed.