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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004    Post subject: Whitelisting - when? Reply with quote

Hello,

You've made an excellent extension to Firefox here. Simply amazing, frankly. And I commend you on your work. Thank you.

The only problem I have had is not being able to do something of the form ^(word), kind of like when you do [^lettersorclasses]. It took me a while before I realized that what I really wanted was a whitelist.

My primary use of Adblock is as a pornography filter for my cousins' computer. I'd like to be able to block things like "sex", but not, say, "essex" or "sextant". Smile Will it be much longer before the whitelist feature gets built in? What sort of priority are you giving it?

Thanks in advance for your response.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anthony,

Thanks you for your kind words. Smile
The next version will have whitelist functionality.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004    Post subject: Thank you! Reply with quote

Thanks for the information, sir/ma'am. (Sorry I don't know who's who around here. Smile)

For future reference, where can I find a timetable/roadmap for releases? Or do you not have one of those in order to avoid breaking deadlines? Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deadlines run asynchronous to perfection.
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And our internal roadmap quietly slides ahead.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

rue,

it still may be a waste of time IYO, but would you consider creating
a checklist roadmap, rather than a time table roadmap for us to follow?

You could make a list of the things you plan to do before you will release
the next release, and then update it when you've finished doing each thing.

That way we'd know when to start drooling (at only one thing left to do),
and we'd also understand why the release date was pushed back again when
you added a new-super-great-feature (or ultra-critical-bug) to the list that
wasn't there before, but obviously should be (fixed) in the new release.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like Zachariah's idea. It would be great if you could come up with a to-do list! No need to set a deadline, but the benefit for users of knowing what's coming in the next version, and what things are still left to be done. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

The feature list is in constant flux during the development process.

A feature that is tentatively added one day might be ditched weeks later when it was shown to slow down Adblock too much, etc. The entire UI might be rewritten suddenly because the devs are not happy with it, or new features made the old design to cluttered etc.

Adblock is a rather complex piece of work, and one of the big problems is keeping the interface simple enough for novices to use while at the same time giving experienced users access to all the advanced features in a relatively intuitive way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004    Post subject: I see... Reply with quote

I thought you would say something like that. I'm a programmer myself, and I know exactly what you're talking about. Still, I thought I'd give it a shot. Smile Maybe if we were a little more organized and used UML diagrams and all those other wonderful ideas, we'd spend less time coding stuff that doesn't work out? Wink

Oh, and thanks for striving to keep it fast. I recently experimented with using an editted down HOSTS file in Adblock, and it got really slow. However, considering it was almost a meg in size, I was pretty darn impressed.

Still hoping I'll see whitelisting before or by Christmas (please?),

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about a screenshot? is even THAT too much to ask? Razz

Just throw us a bone!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004    Post subject: Re: I see... Reply with quote

Anthony Bennett wrote:
Maybe if we were a little more organized and used UML diagrams and all those other wonderful ideas, we'd spend less time coding stuff that doesn't work out?

As a software developer, you ought to know that many of these problems are "wicked", especially the user-interface design issues. UML is good when designing a system from scratch; not so good for most of the issues we're currently facing.

As for the screenshot... posting one implies that whatever interface found in the screenshot is the interface that's going to be in the final version. I'd prefer to keep things flexible, for now.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004    Post subject: On UML et al. Reply with quote

wonkothesane: I was kidding. Hence the "wink". I'm saying that throughout uni (with the exception of certain classes that required it) and to this day, I don't program with any set methodology. I may sketch out the basic idea on paper or discuss it with a friend first, but I usually get right into it, and learn as I go along. This is bad, I know, but I figure I'm not the only one. Smile And, besides, I don't plan on doing this for a living, but that's another story.

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