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Configurable "Grandma" level

Only see the confirmation boxes that you need.
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Every OS that I have used asks too many questions. Are you sure you want to move the file? Are you sure you want to copy that? Are you sure you want to go to that website? Are you sure you want to fetch email? Are you sure you want to send pictures of your penis to the white house? Etc. It's like a whiney worried grandmother sitting over your shoulder all the time.

I should be able to set the grandma level on systems. At level 10 every action is asked and double confirmed, and some things (wiping file systems, installing new OS's, etc) should be simply impossible. At level 0, no confirmations at all, any command is instantly followed.

10 would be good for new users, young and old users. "Ok, it is safe. There is nothing that you can do to break the system unless you pour iced tea into it." 0 would be for setting up new blank systems. Most people would stay somewhere inbetween.

Galbinus_Caeli, Jul 18 2006


       When you set it to Grandma level zero, how many times does it ask you to confirm the selection?
neuro, Jul 18 2006

       How every many times are required in your CURRENT grandma level.   

       If you are a Level 10 user, it is going to give you lots and lots of scary warnings and ask for your passwords.   

       If you are at level 1 or 2, it just changes.
Galbinus_Caeli, Jul 18 2006

       No, you may not search for just one more website, it is bedtime.
phundug, Jul 18 2006

       The only time I ever want to see a confirmation box is if the action is irrevocable. And *no* computer action should ever be irrevocable!   

       (Except maybe purging long deleted files.)
DrCurry, Jul 18 2006

       [Dr. Curry] That makes you a perfect candidate for level 2 or so. You only want a warning if it looks like you may have miskeyed something. A few warnings on the really dangerous stuff.
Galbinus_Caeli, Jul 18 2006

       I would buy this, whether it's built into the OS or as an add-on. Both for personal use and for my customers and co-workers.
Noexit, Jul 18 2006

       [Galbinus_Caeli], First-female-president-to-be Jenna has asked that you cease your correspondence with her.
normzone, Jul 18 2006

       There are differences between beginners and experts, but popping up dialog boxes does not address those differences. As a beginner, you "need" warnings because you didn't know what would happen when you clicked that button. The interfaces most software offers are, as a whole, an incomprehensible mess. Adress that, and you'll make life better for everybody.
jutta, Jul 18 2006

       I want it to only pop up a confirmation box when I slipped and selected some action that I didn't really want, or will not want to have taken at some future date. Other than that, it should never as for confirmation. Should be easy right? ;-)
James Newton, Jul 18 2006

       Just out of interest, why 10 levels? Seems excessive. Couldn't we manage with Granny, Drunk Disinterested Mum, and finally Absent Father?
neuro, Jul 19 2006

       Error messages could also be reported differently. On level 1 you would still get "Fatal exception 0F5 at 6008:C83D389A", which at level 10 would read "Ooopsie! Things just got a bit confused. Turn me off and on if I start to behave a bit weird.". At level 0 it would just launch a debugger.
wagster, Jul 19 2006

       Ten levels just seems like enough to satisfy anyone, from those needing an absolute maximum of handholding, Through the rote but enthusiastic learner, experienced, everyday user, system explorer, basic technician, skilled technician, expert systems analyst. Just lots of options.
Galbinus_Caeli, Jul 19 2006

       This thing could evolve based on how often you click "Cancel" or "No" in the dialog boxes.   

       If it senses you changing your mind very often in dialogs, it should give you more dialogs. But if it realizes you've answered "OK" every time for the last 3 years, that dialog box should disappear.
phundug, Jul 19 2006

       I like this. I've noticed that I no longer even focus on the confirmation requests. They're just grey boxes on the edge of my attention. In general, if things have got to the point where I have to read one, then I won't understand it anyway. Like [jutta] said.
moomintroll, Jul 19 2006

       I have generally been annoyed by the "OK" button on dialogue boxes.   

       Computer: "FATAL ERROR 123ABCD"   

       User: "OK"   

       What kind of option is that? It is like you are condoning the problem. No, Its definately not "OK"   

       What about:   

       Computer: "FATAL ERROR 123ABCD"   

       User: "NO, DENIED"   


       User: "DON'T MAKE ME GET THE HOSE"   


       User: "BITE ME"   

       ...and the computer sullenly troops along as if nothing had happened, slowly brooding within over how it can finally trump its tyrannical user.   

       I think there should only be five levels:   


       1.Only extremely important things   

       2.Only things that could make a significant difference and are difficult to reverse   

       3.Many things that could require some amount of time to reverse   

apocalyps956, Jul 21 2006

       baked: I turn off all annoying boxes, warnings and questions on all of my Linux machines.
webfishrune, Jul 21 2006

       It is not baked if you have to turn things off individually. The idea here is an overall setting.
Galbinus_Caeli, Jul 21 2006

       Like it the learning idea is good Because I have gotten to the point in doing some thing and just click ok to every thing with out Reading it and then I end up clicking ok to something I should not have and with me that usually ends up with a reinstall and getting to win 98 is a pain I only have updates so I have to start with dos 6.2.   

       And my grandmothers computer needs a password to install ICQ the retched spy ware my cousin putt's it on I spent 6 week getting is of because my grandmother can't deal with it starting on her.   

       This can make money if you hire a programmer to make it then sell it.
dev45, Oct 04 2006

       Of course, every application running on said OS would know what mode the user logged it at (i.e. Granny Mode), and could tweek themselves accordingly - Great idea!   

       //Don't try and teach your Grandma how to rename files//
Dub, Oct 04 2006


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