June 9, 2002

I just wrote a huge reply to jingle pants' last comment about Chimera and the large number of requests for new fluffy features and web-developer knick-knacks. Then blogger had a VBScript error and ate it. Sigh. It was truly glorious.

Chimera is not mozilla. Repeat after me. One more time, just so you have it. Sure, we can add all these dork-boy features. People will say they won't use Chimera unless we do. Then where are we? We've made the lambs stop screaming, but we've lost everything we were trying to accomplish. The vocal minority has its pet features, and everyone is left with a browser that's overly complex and unapproachable. Mozilla intimidates me and I've been working on it for 4 years. How would you expect novice users to react?

I think the answer is simple: we maintain our current course. The set of users that swear they'll never touch Chimera will use it anyway. Honest. They really will. They'll like it, and they won't even know why. When they need that extra feature, they'll fire up mozilla. They'll grumble about it, but my mom doesn't suffer because someone wanted link toolbars or to set an image as wallpaper.

Posted by pinkerton at June 9, 2002 10:17 PM