Before every major release I like to try and think of everything mean that people might say about the app. It’s fun!
So we just went through this exercise on the NetNewsWire Slack group. Here’s a taste:
- This took five years? I could write an RSS parser in a weekend.
- Can’t get my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Whatever.
- Doesn’t work with my Usenet host.
- The information density of the timeline is… lacking. What the hell.
- Not truly open source since it’s on a Mac.
- Not truly open source since it’s not GPL.
- No vim keys. Why bother.
- Regular people will never use an RSS reader. What’s the point?
- Brent’s last good idea was in 2002. Consider this a textbook case of coasting.
- Great app. Too bad RSS died with Google Reader.
- It totally didn’t pick up my subscriptions from the earlier version. How is this an upgrade?
- When does a 5.0 have fewer features than a 3.0? When it’s NetNewsWire.
- The echo chamber will love this app. They always do.
- Free app. Continues the race to the bottom. Pour one out for Silvio Rizzi.
- No way to send to Instapaper. Fuck it.
- Brent Simmons can’t stop pursuing a technology that even Google famously admitted was not worth bothering with.
- If this app took five years, imagine how long it will take before it will actually sync with Feedly.
- Sure it’s free, but I bet the Feedbin people paid them off, because the only way to sync is to pay money to Feedbin.
- No iCloud sync? Jerks.
- No iOS app. The revolution happened on mobile, Brant. What the actual fuck.
- Shoulda been Catalyst. Dinosaurs wrote this app.
- Not on the Mac App Store? I guess they don’t want users.
- I would totally use this if it had just this one [feature x], which I can’t believe they shipped without. (Multiply this comment by 100, with a different feature x each time.)
- Area Man Can’t Let RSS Go
Some feedback will be factually inaccurate, but we like to imagine that too:
- I remember using NetNewsWire on OS 9, and it hasn’t really improved since then. They should make it a Cocoa app.
- Doesn’t work with web comics. POS
- Doesn’t support 10.5.
- It should be free.
- You’d think they would have updated the design — but it looks exactly like NetNewsWire of old.
- Why the hell would they build on that aging code base from Black Pixel? I heard it doesn’t even use ARC.
- No way to sync? What’s their actual problem?
See? The actual feedback will be nicer than the stuff we thought up. This provides a bit of immunization. :)
But, also, there will be negative feedback we didn’t imagine. That’s the gold!
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Bonus from Daniel Jalkut, but not actually a criticism:
Can’t innovate, my RSS.