Well no, but it means the percentage of Pleco users eagerly awaiting 4.0 is actually pretty tiny, because we're not really telling anybody about it unless they ask. Most of the time, my response to a new user expressing dissatisfaction with such-and-such is to acknowledge their complaint and offer a refund rather than to promise that a better option is coming.Trying "to get anybody to buy your app" is probably not the problem of most of the users.
Oh yes, I'm never discussing upcoming versions again after this experience; I thought I was setting expectations low by refusing to discuss release dates, but the mere existence of an upcoming version and my occasional assertions that we were making progress led people to imagine a particular timeframe and get disappointed when we didn't meet it. (and now I understand why game developers often don't even announce a new game until it's at something approaching beta quality)I would recommend never talking about "5.0" after the successful launch of "4.0", unless you can say with certainty "this year" or "next year".
I mean, I'm as eager to see Pleco on desktop as the next guy, but this is only because the app already fulfils and important role that no other app does as it is. So there's that.Human beings can be insatiable (me included), that's why one needs to manage their expectations.
In fairness I've also made some poor choices about development - I did not in fact expect that we'd still be waiting on this thing in 2022, I just wasn't in a position to state definitively that we wouldn't be.I'm sure 4.0 will be great, but the key to keep people happy is to promise little and deliver more than you promise, or else refrain from creating expectations and then surprise them.
I don’t know about the spirit of true dictionary app excellence, but my productivity spirits are very sensitive to interference from other bandwidths. They keep telling me never to stop visualising my goal.to commune with the spirit of true dictionary app excellence
Same here. Are you referring to the so-called "Law of Attraction", whereby any goals you visualize repeatedly will be attracted by you and come your way sooner or later? (that law of the inner workings of the universe; there's plenty of material on it, and of course it's been a fad, but I think there is a definite truth to it, in how living beings interact with the spirits and other people, plants, animals etc.)I don’t know about the spirit of true dictionary app excellence, but my productivity spirits are very sensitive to interference from other bandwidths. They keep telling me never to stop visualising my goal.
Perhaps it's Shinto. I believe that almost all humans are born with this sixth sense of feeling other living beings, places and spirits without using their eyes, they just tend to observe their sixth sense unconsciously or have lost their connection with it because of too much rational thinking.Feels very… Shinto?
Let’s say I‘m not sceptical of what might be behind the curtain, but rather of our ability to see it, and if we catch a glimpse, to comprehend it.
I agree with you that the world today lacks spirituality, but I don’t think it’s because of too much rationality. I think it’s the opposite, there’s so little spirituality because there’s also very little rationality. Reason is a spiritual faculty, but very few people form their opinions and beliefs based on reason, and by that I mean pure assessment of evidence. One of man’s primal instincts is to belong to a tribe, another one is to be cognitively comfortable. So we often, without even realising it, seek to conform to a prevailing opinion, form our views in accordance with social cues, or reduce our worldview to what can fit into our mental framework and/or cognitive boundaries. It’s dreadful to be alone, horrifying to stand before an incomprehensible universe. The more we leave our primal instincts behind, the deeper we delve into the spiritual. But that’s also not without its perils. In doing so we are, in a sense, outgrowing our shell.have lost their connection with it because of too much rational thinking.