I have no problem with frequent minor updates. At the moment we should be maybe at approximately Firefox 5. If all of the last 2 years' updates had been 4.1, 4.1.1, 4.2.7, 4.5, 4.8, and finally 5, I'd be perfectly content with their update strategy. But by calling them full version numbers, I think there is something completely wrong with their strategy.
There are two things wrong with the updates (and you're right about that, John!):
1. The psychology/strategy/whatever of updating to a new number every 6 weeks is misguided. I believe it puts the focus on the updates and the number, while ignoring the product. FF was good before these updates. It's bad now. I'm assuming there's a connection. Part of it is probably that by having a whole new version number they can change things significantly and make old add-ons incompatible (if it was all under "FF4" there would be less of an excuse to change things around completely). It sort of feels like they put FF through a blender every month. There's also, I think, much less focus on actually improving each version with subversions. Instead, it's just time to make FF20 or whatever.
2. As you said, the actual updates are bad. But as someone who was happy with the old FF, I'd like to imagine it would have changed a lot less over the past two years if it were just updating subversions. So it would take them less time to drive it off the metaphorical cliff, so to speak, even if that's what they were trying to do.
You do realize that people are autonomous individuals and, despite some social conventions and trends, do actually behave individually with their own opinions, right? To say "best" and imagine some psychological test that could find it, taking individuality out of it, is, ironically perhaps the "most wildly inaccurate statement of the whole thread"Originally Posted by Bernie
I have no problem with you liking Chrome (or Opera, or Safari or whatever). But the fact that you like those doesn't mean that I do.
The entire concept of "individual differences" gets a huge amount of attention in psychological research. (And that's more or less a technical term, not just my description.)