Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?)

Subject: Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?)
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:20:09 -0800

On 2/20/2013 10:43 PM, Tony Chung wrote:

Deprecation is necessary for advancement. But it doesn't mean no longer used.

I didn't say "no longer used," I mentioned that "not used." "Not used" leaves open the options of using a feature although it is not used in the current application, using the feature in the future, or deleting the feature in later releases.

This speaks directly to Deborah says, "In the end it depends on the end user." How will the user encounter the feature and what will it mean?

In Paul's case, information on a screen is no longer displayed. Now something needs to be in the documentation that says the user doesn't need to do anything, since they may think they should do something. Wouldn't it be simple to say, "this part of the UI is not used" or it "is not used by the user"? Saying that the text is deprecated would be very confusing, saying that part of the UI is deprecated may be misleading. The information is gone but the user's actions do not change because of the change.

Paul's case follows for reference.
one of the support guys suggested that I add the following
words (or something similar) to one of the change descriptions: "The user
does not need to do anything." What changed is information that was
displayed in one area of the UI is no longer displayed. The support guy
thought the users might think they need to do something, now that they no
longer see this information.

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References:
Deprecated (was When is it too much information?): From: Debbie Hemstreet
Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?): From: Lauren
Re: Deprecated (was When is it too much information?): From: Tony Chung

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