> > When you talk about something like QMC2, I know the problem with it: it takes ages > to > > set up properly, there's always something wrong, the wiki is huge and full of > > technical jargon, basically it defeats its own purpose: making MAME easily and > > immediately usable, directly from a UI. > > > > I predict the new integrated MEWUI in comparison will become tremendously more > > popular and acclaimed, because it looks a lot like a Windows UI and is immediately > > useable. > > Hopefully, had the Windows 8 'Metro' stuff caught on maybe moreso because that was > pushing very much for a direction of simplified fullscreen UIs like the internal one, > although maybe that rejection is just a sign that it's really still not the best > idea. > > but yeah, that's what I'm talking about, in *reality* QMC2 isn't that difficult to > use, but the way it's all presented overwhelms people, they don't see simple things > they can connect with, they see pages and pages of technical jargon on a wiki, it's > worse for projects which have huge wiki pages where half the content is out of date > too because when people do try they end up getting even more confused when things > don't work. > > maybe I am overstating the date thing, but it is a field I've used before, it gives a > sense of time - something I also find bitterly missing with the github interface > which insists for the most part on telling you xx days ago rather than an actual > submission date. I consider it awful design that I can go to a page like > https://github.com/mamedev/mame/commit/19bbdaac3543c8c17893dc396f08c8ab4ea28fd2 and > not see an actual date anywhere; 22 days ago isn't as useful to me as knowing when > something happened. > > I don't calculate my life in 'days since I was born' I have a birthday...
Hovering the mouse over the "22 days ago" text shows the exact time and date of the commit. (Why? That info should be displayed by default instead of hiding it like that!)
is there a reason why we can't add a line of code that translates that specific bit of information into something that can be displayed in MAME? "This build was created based on the source as available at X date."
I dunno, that sounds like a workable compromise to me?