Removal of the location button

Harald Judt h.judt at
Mon Nov 7 16:31:45 CET 2011

Am 07.11.2011 15:42, schrieb David B. Cortarello:
> Hello all,
>    Mmmmm, adding features just because "the development allows it" is
> almost always a wrong decision.
>    In the artist point of view, you can paint a picture with a simple,
> nice and relaxing blue sky that you can see every day in your living
> room; or you can add unicorns, birds, flying dinosaurs, even a monster
> that came from the underground or whatever just because you are a good
> painter.
>    Thunar has a pretty clean and beautiful interface, almost artistic,
> and actually Jannis is trying to clean it just a little bit more by
> removing this button.
>    Some people hasn't even used that button because they though it has
> another meaning.
>    Adding features because you can will turn out Xfce into KDE 3 (or
> trinity), where you have extensive long menus with tons of features
> just because they can. Which in the end makes the desktop looks like
> an old AmigaOS adding tons of buttons and plugins.
>   Regards

This is not about painting pictures, nor adding features without reason, 
and artistry will not make thunar a practical filemanager. Although the 
button was there all the time, it did not cause any harm and just went 
unnoticed by many users. Those that used it had a reason to do so. If I 
understood it correctly, the discussion is about trying to find a valid 
reason for the existence of the button, i.e. whether it is still used by 
someone, instead of dumping it altogether. I don't understand why you 
couldn't propose changes to replace its function with something more useful?

Why fear changes when they could improve the product, as long as they 
are still within the concept? Why do you think the ideas of other users 
are not important or could bring along improvements? If Jannis had 
thought it not important, why would he have asked in the first place? 
Besides, it's not the users' decision what to implement anyway.


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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