I’ve been saying for a long time now that the system of relying on feedback from the Insider Program is clearly not working and that Microsoft needs to return to its former method of employing a team of experts to check updates and new innovations for bugs and associated issues prior to general release.
The Feedback Hub app, for example, which is built into Windows 10 — and is the primary source for users to report bugs, issues, or make suggestions — is one of Microsoft’s main tools in its decision-making process. Feedback submitted via the Feedback Hub is voted on by other users and subsequently listed in order of priority based on the highest number of Upvotes through to the lowest number of Upvotes. I had reason very recently to submit feedback via the Feedback Hub, an extremely rare occurrence, and there, as if to confirm that the lunatics have indeed taken over the asylum, right at the top of the list of suggestions with almost 900 Upvotes was this little gem:
Apparently, the greatest concern regarding Windows 10 for the majority of users who utilize the Feedback Hub is to make the Start button more colorful. The mind boggles! So, in the future, while we’ll likely still have to put up with the myriad of bad Windows Updates that are forced upon us and constantly creating issues, at least we can look forward to a more colorful Start button… whoopee. This exemplifies what I have been saying for many years– that relying on the user community for advice rather than on a team of experts who actually know what they are talking about is sheer folly.
To emphasize further– number two in the list of suggestions which, in my opinion, while not exactly imperative certainly has a lot more merit than a more colorful Start button, has attracted a mere 95 Upvotes, way behind the inane number one:
These are the suggestions that reflect the major concerns in the user community and, in my mind, clearly indicate that the system is dominated by nincompoops. Do we need a more reliable update system? No. Do we need more interesting/useful apps and features? No. Do we need Microsoft to desist from forcing decisions upon us and allow users more control over their own operating system? No. What we need is a more colorful Start button. Sheesh!
Of course, I have no idea how much store Microsoft actually places on feedback’s top suggestions, hopefully not a lot. However, it clearly goes to show that the current system is very much broken.
End of rant.