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RE: [Bug-gnubg] Auto Save Settings - your opinion?

From: Ian Shaw
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] Auto Save Settings - your opinion?
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:30:32 -0000

I think settings ought to auto-save, because that is what most users
expect from a GUI program. However, I do have sympathy with the view
that users should control exactly when saves happen.

One gripe I have is that it is a "save one, save all" deal: if you save
your board design you also save your analysis settings and player names.

Perhaps it's too much, but would a set of auto-save options resolve the
issue. Something like:

Auto Save:
Play settings
Player names
Rollout Settings
Analysis Settings
Board design
Windows arrangement

By default, I would enable auto save of all but player names. You
probably don't want your default settings changed when you import a
match. (Ideally, I would automatically update a player name when you
select gnubg as a player: "gnubg 0-ply", "gnubg 2-ply" etc but this
would not be saved. But this may be too personal a preference.)

-- Ian Shaw

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden 
> [mailto:address@hidden 
> On Behalf Of Jim Segrave
> Sent: 07 March 2011 15:53
> To: Michael Petch
> Cc: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Auto Save Settings - your opinion?
> On Sun 06 Mar 2011 (19:22 -0700), Michael Petch wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > After spending some time on many platforms this week I will 
> admit I am 
> > not a fan of the auto save settings. There are still some bugs 
> > (Switching between 3d and 2d, the view/panels view/tool bar 
> settings) don't auto save.
> > Some settings save twice (not a big deal in most cases), 
> but one big 
> > one is that if I resize windows and move thing around I 
> have to go out 
> > of my way to find an option that does save so that I can get 
> > window/panel size/pos changes to. Sometimes I even forget 
> and find the 
> > layout changed the next time I return.
> >
> > I understand why Save Settings  was removed - I have seen 
> some of the 
> > complaints. The advantage the old way was that I had 
> control over when 
> > things saved and there was no guessing. I could go an 
> entire session 
> > with changes made and then undo it all just by exiting.
> >
> > I was thinking of fixing the things that were not auto 
> saving but got 
> > to feeling - I'd personally fix it by reverting it all back ;-) .
> >
> > I'm just not sure that the way we have implemented is 
> better than what 
> > it was before. I am curious about other people's opinion on this. I 
> > figure I am in the minority on my feelings about this.
> Suppose there were a setting "auto-save-settings" which 
> defaults to on. But if you set it off, then the "save 
> settings" button appears (or is made clickable. If the 
> auto-save-settings choice is saved, then people who only want 
> to have them saved when they want it get that, people who 
> keep forgetting to save settings simply leave it defaulted on 
> and they are protecte from forgetting.
> -- 
> Jim Segrave           address@hidden
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