I’m starting up a new project, which from the title is rather self describing. Firefox’s purpose is to let you access the Web, but it unfortunately often blocks users from accessing the Web until they have responded to some form of question. This is particularly ironic given the massive amounts of time and developer resources that we’ve been pouring into improving our start up time. What’s the point of loading 300ms faster if the user is about to spend 7000ms on reading, 2000ms on thought, and 4000ms on interaction?
In many cases start up dialogs represent some form of failing, ranging from a failing of engineering (unable to find or implement a cleaner solution), a failing of design (unable to determine the best approach) or a failing of security (delegating a decision so that we can blame the victim). In all of these cases the dialog itself is simply the manifestation of a larger problem that we need to attack. So perhaps “eradicating start up dialogs” is an overly negative title, this is really more about “solving a range of complex problems, but entirely behind the scenes.”
To help up us prioritize and also make sure we have everything covered, I have two questions:
1) What do you think is the most annoying start up dialog
2) What do you think is the most obscure start up dialog that hasn’t been mentioned yet in the comments above the comment you are about to write :)