Celeste Lyn Paul discusses
doing user interface design and the tradeoffs between being completely open to all commenters or moving to a more closed-off design discussion. Her post was prompted by a recent decision
to turn the Ubuntu Ayatana design project into an "invite-only" discussion. "In a move to try and get more done, Ayatana has decided to try something different and once again close parts of Ubuntu design. The risk of reducing community feedback is that the chance where someone not vested in the design could catch serious design flaws is reduced. However, the benefit of getting more stuff done in a sane and organized matter could out-weigh this risk, especially if Ayatana learns from past mistakes and incorporate good iterative design practices, keep the community informed, and involve upstream vendors in their process as needed.
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