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Mithat's Maxims

The maxims


  • Universality begets complexity.
  • Complexity scales exponentially with the number of added features.
  • Optimize the right thing(s).


  • You are not the typical user.
  • The easier you make it for someone to do something, the more likely they are to do it.
  • Users don’t read.
  • If in doubt, do the default.
  • If in doubt, make a mistake.
  • Users develop models, except they don't. They develop habits.
  • No one will solve a problem when they know a workaround.

For clients

  • What, not how.

Not actually maxims, but rather some trends that can get you into trouble.


  • Make corner cases no more difficult than typical cases, even if it makes the typical cases cumbersome. (See “Universality begets complexity,” and “Optimize the right thing(s)”.)


  • Minimum plausible affordances.

Mithat's Laws of Opinion

  • For every opinion, there is an equal and opposite opinion.
  • An opinion in motion will remain unchanged even when acted on by an external force.
  • The acceleration of an opinion depends on the outrageousness of the opinion times the number of times the opinion is seen.
mithats_maxims.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/18 21:23 by mithat

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