Most web browsers have a keyboard shortcut that will jump to the bottom of the page. It will take you right to where the submit button used to be. In contrast, the floating submit button won’t clear the bottom of the page, so it often covers up the last entry altogether. By adding the floating submit button, you added a solution to a problem that already had a solution, but created a new problem that doesn’t have a solution.
IMO- Tooltips were one of the best things you guys added, though they’re hardly uniform. Feature Codes modules doesn’t have them. Some are too short to provide useful information. A few are (were) outright wrong. But, overall, I strongly approve of that change.
Agreed. And the UI of FreePBX doesn’t seem to follow many of those principles.
For example, modern UX principles never guide you to make changes based upon the consensus of 8 guys in a room in Wisconsin. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with having 8 guys in a small room in Wisconsin. It’s just that, ideally, you’d get some user input before you make changes to the user interface. If you had lots of resources, you’d use focus groups. Alternatively, you happen to have a forum with some very supportive and vocal users who would be glad to give you their thoughts.
Just compare the configuration pages for Gmail, for example, or Chrome, with those of FreePBX. The differences are striking. Gmail and Chrome both have lists longer than a drugstore receipt. FreePBX’s configuration pages are shorter than a 3x5 card. And by adding tabs, you actually made the CTRL-F search function in my browser less useful. Instead of adding tabs to make each page shorter than a 3x5 card, why not add a search bar (another feature that is prominent on Google’s UI)?
You’ll also find no pull-down menus at the very top of the configuration pages of Chrome or Gmail. Yet the only way to get to a module in FreePBX is using a pull down, several of which actually have so many entries that you had to scroll through them to find what you need.
Note that I’m not talking about pull downs to select an option, which Gmail and Chrome do use. I’m referring to pull down menus that are used to get yourself to the correct screen.
I haven’t observed that. Rather, I’ve seen lots of different people post criticisms about lots of different changes, often with ad hominem responses from the devs (i.e., telling them to stop posting, get counselling, or implying that those who complain are “jerks”). A lot of them gave up, left the forums, and never came back.
Some of the people who were chased away were the most ardent, vocal advocates for FreePBX. Most of them spent hundreds of hours of their own time writing how to guides. At risk of being called out for repeating myself, I lament the leaving of WiseOldOwl and MichiganTelephone. There are many others, but I don’t remember all of their names…