Like My Name, Maybe The Message With The Correct Grammar Was Taken

It’s just a message one sees very briefly when configuring, so that means your team might see it once during the test phase? Is that a reason or an excuse?


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Given that it’s one of the first messages that your user sees, this will be one of the first impressions the user gets as to the reliability of your software. And if your messages are slop, your user–or potentially former soon-to-be user–might think your software is slop, too.

Your software’s installer is an application just like your application is. Test it vigorously.

5 Responses to “Like My Name, Maybe The Message With The Correct Grammar Was Taken”

  1. jstrazzere Says:

    So when you saw this poorly-written message, did you immediately give up on Skype?

    Which system are you using instead?

  2. The Director Says:

    So your defense is “If you’re a market leader, attention to detail cuts into the margin”? Or “Ignore the installer, people only see it once”?

    Not everyone works for Skype; this lesson is more important for smaller companies who are looking to gain marketshare.

    And as to immediately giving up on Skype, I’m using it for a specific purpose and then I’ll probably spike it. It’s not something I need, and it’s not convincing me it is.

  3. jstrazzere Says:

    “So your defense is “If you’re a market leader, attention to detail cuts into the margin”? Or “Ignore the installer, people only see it once”?”

    Perhaps more like – “spend your time and money on the parts that really matter”.

    I’m no fan of Skype, but I think their poor grammar pales in importance to their recent worldwide outage (http://strazzere.blogspot.com/2010/12/perhaps-they-should-have-tested-more.html).

    Now, no outages plus correct grammar – that would be nice, too!

  4. The Director Says:

    Joe, Joe, Joe, you used to be QA, man. What happened to you?

    You’re arguing that correct grammar and/or in your application does not really matter?

  5. jstrazzere Says:

    What happened?

    I stopped arguing for perfection a long time ago.

    Instead I argue for “things that make enough difference so that my company makes money and can continue to afford my salary”.

    I sleep better at night these days.


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