Image Credit: IE logo via Microsoft, illustration by VentureBeat
Few people know that Microsoft offers a suggestion box for developers who build on its various platforms. As can be expected with any feedback site, sometimes things get out of hand. The best example just happened: the Internet Explorer Platform has a suggestion to Stop Internet Explorer Development.
To make matters worse, even though the suggestion was posted just yesterday, it’s already the most popular submission, and is still climbing very quickly. At the time of publishing, it had over 6,000 votes (more than double the second most popular idea, which is to add automatic updates to older IE versions) and over 50 comments.
While there are multiple grammar mistakes in those three short sentences, the submission is taking off. User responses are mixed, ranging from complete agreement to complete disagreement. While some are clearly just whining, the main complaint is the same one we’ve heard before: developers are still unhappy with the amount of time and resources they have to dedicate just for Microsoft’s browser.
Yet the person submitting the “idea” and those supporting it don’t realize that stopping development is not only ridiculous, it would actually hurt more than help. User Vladimr sums up the counterargument well:
What are you talking about? It’s insane. If they stop development of IE, millions of the current users of this browser would stay on current version. And we get “IE6 2.0″ in couple of years. So I flagged it as inappropriate. Stop being infantile.
This is a perfect example of why even suggestion sites need some sort of moderation. There is a “flag idea as inappropriate…” link, but as another user points out, there is no option to downvote ideas.
We have reached out to Microsoft for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear back with anything substantial.
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