May 9th, 2013 by Sharky

Design by committee

Alex Limi, who works on product design strategy at Firefox, recently wrote an interesting post about how the browser was shipping with options that would significantly destroy the product for most of their users.

He argued that including options like "Disable SSL" and "Disable JavaScript" were only really for a small percentage of their users, and including those options was a compromise. If people still wanted to do it, they could use addons to change that behaviour - but shipping those options by default just indicates that they couldn't come to an agreement.

Design by committee often looks like a row of checkboxes.

If you design software, I recommend checking the post out - it's a good read.

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