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Who is "we"? RRS feed

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  • This not so much a question as a comment, and I can not find an ideal forum for the comment.

    When installing VS 2017, I get a message saying "Give us a minute. We'll be done soon".  Just who is this claptrap aimed at? How do you know it will be a minute? What does "done" mean? There is no "we". A piece of software can not describe itself or refer to itself as "I" or "we". To display these now-fashionable messages is patronising and almost insulting. Do you really think that I am fooled by these personalised messages, and think there is a real person in there? I am not a child, and the passive sense will do just fine, thanks. If I insisted in peppering my applications with this sort of junk text, in this style, I would not be in a job for long. The same style of messages in Windows 10 etc. are a source of scornful amusement in the office. Do you really want people to be laughing at your software?

    The solution? In this particular case, I can see the progress bar and need no further patronising text. What next? "We're doing some stuff. Why don't you go and have a coffee?". I really am half-expecting tripe like this to appear on some Windows product soon.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 4:14 AM

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  • This not so much a question as a comment, and I can not find an ideal forum for the comment.

    When installing VS 2017, I get a message saying "Give us a minute. We'll be done soon".  Just who is this claptrap aimed at? How do you know it will be a minute? What does "done" mean? There is no "we". A piece of software can not describe itself or refer to itself as "I" or "we". To display these now-fashionable messages is patronising and almost insulting. Do you really think that I am fooled by these personalised messages, and think there is a real person in there? I am not a child, and the passive sense will do just fine, thanks. If I insisted in peppering my applications with this sort of junk text, in this style, I would not be in a job for long. The same style of messages in Windows 10 etc. are a source of scornful amusement in the office. Do you really want people to be laughing at your software?

    The solution? In this particular case, I can see the progress bar and need no further patronising text. What next? "We're doing some stuff. Why don't you go and have a coffee?". I really am half-expecting tripe like this to appear on some Windows product soon.

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    prathaprabhu


    If my reply is useful please mark it as answered as it help other users with the same query. I am a Microsoft Partner, MVP and MCC and I want to become One Day Microsoft CEO.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:11 AM