Feature creep
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Published: May 29, 2016

Recently, I started on developing a new site for you-know-what. The thing I always seem to struggle with is keeping the feature list at a reasonable size. You start creating the front page, and the reading mechanism, and then you think: "you know what this needs? a journal." and you set out programming a journal. Then you think: "but people need to be able to comment", so you also build a comment system. But then you realize that you need to create some editorial mechanism to prevent your comments section from spiralling into an unstoppable shouting fest. And then you think, “maybe people should be able to start their own discussion, so we’ll build a forum!”. And a links section, and…

 

Well, you get the picture.

 

This time around, I’ve decided to just go with the basic reading mechanism and just add a small text box to serve as a ‘journal’ and combine that with an existing comment system like Disqus and leave it at that.

 

So here’s to keeping the feature creep out.

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sagemeline's avatar
sagemelineProfessional Interface Designer
This is all too familiar ~
doggard's avatar
hope to see it up soon. the pause said "Tune in next week for another pulse pounding episode. Same Demon Time Same Demon Channel"
wolfian's avatar
Those feature creeps, always over-complicating things for web-designers! XD
Good to hear you've found a simpler less-stressful solution!
andwhyisit's avatar
Scope creep is a more prevalent problem. Where the client keeps requesting more and more additions to the website, but still considers that work to be paid for as part of the original job spec despite the fact that it really isn't. It's all minor additions and whatnot until the time expenditure all stacks up. It gets to the point where you ask them when the hell the site is going to be considered finished in their mind.
wolfian's avatar
Ooh, yeah that's not cool. Practically pathological with some people! Might be an OCD or perfectionism issue in some of those cases. Nice puzzled/curious Chibisuke icon!
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Flynn-the-WurmHobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a plan. ^__^
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