"Defaults" button in every settings screen

Michael Orlitzky michael at orlitzky.com
Sat Dec 10 02:53:07 CET 2011

On 12/09/2011 08:39 PM, Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
> On Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:30:51 -0500
> Michael Orlitzky<michael at orlitzky.com>  wrote:
>> On 12/09/2011 05:05 PM, Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
>>> Even with a "restore defaults" button there would still be problems:
>>>     * If the user doesn't know what caused a dialog to render
>>> off-screen, how would he know where to restore defaults - in the
>>> app the dialog belongs to or in Xfce?
>> If he was playing around with him XFCE settings and not the app
>> settings the day before, when it was working, that would be a clue.
> A user with such a good memory would perhaps also remember which
> options he touched, don't you think? :P

You give me too much credit! If I ever accidentally change my theme, 
I'll never be able to figure out which one I like ever again =)

More seriously (also a true story), let's say I changed the "minimum 
size to trigger smart placement slider" in the WM tweaks dialog. A week 
later, when I go to open something big, it opens in the wrong place. I 
know which setting I changed, but what was it originally set to? I think 
it was set to one-and-a-half fingernail-widths from the left, but in 
reality, it should be four-thirds of a bottle cap from the right.

I don't immediately know which one I want: after I change it, I would 
have to go open every application and document that I could conceivably 
use to see if it works how it used to.

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