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Why put pictures of baby bunnies in FogBugz?

I was just browsing through the FogBugz description, looking at the fancy screenshots ;)

I noticed one of the shots shows a FogBugz buglist and the page is decorated on the right with a "picture of the day".

I don't know if this is also implemented on the actual product, but it seems rather silly to me. I'd speculate it could have a negative impact on the image the product has.

what do you guys think?

Guyon Morée
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I like it.  Its something that makes you smile when you're working and in a bad mood about one thing or another.  A nice short mental break that won't break your flow, to some.

Andrew Hurst
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

http://www.fogcreek.com/FogBUGZ/list-large.gif

Thanks for the link.

OH I dunno, just because you're at work doesn't mean you can't have some fun.

I think this picture is much cuter though:

http://bzflag.org/screenshots/bzkitty.jpg

Full name:
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Peta is going to start picketing for torturing that poor kitty.

pdq
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Did you guys see that part about Little Hope Bed and Breakfast? :)

Joel is good at making stuff up... lol

Alex.ro
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Love the lime helmet.  Looks like "Genghis Kat".

Here's another one:

http://www.arcticzoo.com/archives/000114.html

Tim Lara
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Boy this stuff is so good.

You can test run it for 45 days, and if you buy it, the database gets transferred to you!

The interface is so clean. Does Joel have a psychology degree or something?

Great work...

Alex.ro
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I don't think so, but he has read quite a bit on a broad range of subjects.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Maybe it's one of those "popcorn isn't professional" things?  It'd be nice to conjure up positive associations for a bugtracker, which is often a point of contention between departments.  Of course, down this path lies Clippy, so big companies shouldn't try it.

Too bad bunnies aren't my kind of rodent.

Tayssir John Gabbour
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

>> I don't know if this is also implemented on the actual product, but it seems rather silly to me. I'd speculate it could have a negative impact on the image the product has. what do you guys think?

Doctor's orders: Go home and watch the movie "Real Genius" (1985).    Maybe something will click.  I dunno.  It's gotta be worth a try.

Who will save your soul, if you won't save your own?

Chris Knight
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

From the FogBugz description page

"FogBUGZ 3.0 is a system for managing software projects designed by software development guru Joel Spolsky"



- will it work for my project? or just those designed by Joel?

apw
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

haha, it took me a while to crack that one ;)

Guyon Morée
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

I used to use the trial version of FogBUGZ. Sadly, my boss didn't want to spend money on bugtracking software, so I was forced to go open source (I'm using Mantis, BTW). Then, the gal from marketing came to my office one day, and told me "what happened with FogBUGZ? I miss the cute pictures." I promised her that someday I will implement cute pictures in Mantis. Oh, boy, this is what they mean when they say "programmers don't understand people." I know something I don't.

Not to mention that I was forced, after having used FogBUGZ, to extensively hack this open source thingamagik to emulate some of the FogBUGZ features...

Leonardo Herrera
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Is Joel going to add the recipes to the next upgrade

Stephen Jones
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Rabbits are lagomorphs not rodents.

njkayaker
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Leonardo, did you ask your boss how much s/he was willing to spend on bug tracking software? Is it $2, maybe $5? What is the threshold? Just curious.

m
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

I don't know, but if his employee took something open source and made it work, then obviously he'll feel justified in not having payed anything.

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Leonardo works for free?

SomeBody
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

At the company I work for, our group uses PVCS Tracker. The IT department developed it's own bug tracking system on Oracle and is going to force us to use it. The rational is that it is going to save money. They have four people working full time on it and it still doesn't do what we need.

The company thinks that sending dollars out the door to another software company is real money while paying 4x for salaries isn't.

Same story as the guy who can implement "free" bug tracking software but can't afford to pay for Fogbugz and let him do productive work.

no nicknames for this post
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

> Leonardo works for free?

Leonardo is an expense whether he twiddles his thumbs, works 20 hours a day, writes a bug tracking program from scratch or not.

The manager probably thinks he's just effectively utilizing his resources.

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Goddamn it, a quick google showed that rabbits were distinct from beasties like ferrets and rodents, but someone nearby claimed that OF COURSE they're rodents.  Last time I listen much to some overconfident primate.

Tayssir John Gabbour
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Plus depending on the size of company writing stuff in house (or hacking some opensource into shape) may be easier as salaries come out of a different budget.

Peter Ibbotson
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Just took my kid to the baby zoo this weekend.  I learned that rabbits are similar to rodents but have their own order.

Order lagomorpha
Definition:  [n]  rabbits; hares; pikas; formerly considered the suborder Duplicidentata of the order Rodentia 

http://www.hyperdictionary.com/dictionary/Lagomorpha

Let me know when you need an authoritative comment on ducks or raccoons.

Will
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Why put nice random pictures on webpages? Because the human mind accepts pages with pictures better than text only.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, January 16, 2004

Not mine. Text was good enough for Gutenberg, it's good enough for us!

Chris Nahr
Friday, January 16, 2004

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about any negative perceptions from having those pictures.  Anybody with a stick far enough up his ass to take serious issue with bunny pictures is probably not somebody I'd want to support as a customer, nor somebody I'd want to help make more successful through the use or a product like FogBugz.  I suppose if I were selling some sort of self-sterilization kit, I might make the sacrifice of taking them on as a customer, just for the sake of the gene pool.

veal
Sunday, January 18, 2004

I LOVE BUNNIES I HAVE 2 THEY ARE 3WEEKS MY WHITE ALBINO BUNNY SNOWBALL GOES EVERYWHERE WITH ME
BUT MY OTHER BUNNY WONT HIS NAME IS SHADOW

ASHLEY NICHOLE JONES
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

IKNOW SOMEBODY WHO KILLED THEIR BUNNY 4 NO REASON THEY HIT IT WTH A BASEBALL BAT WHEN THE BUNNY WAS ONLY 2 WEEKS BECAUSE IT POOPED ON THAT PERSON IT WAS A SAD STORY I CRIED

ASHLEY NICHOLE JONES
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

MY BUNNY IS SO CUDDLY

ONEAL JONES
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

my friend on my street her friends dad ate my friends rabbit for no reason and she had her rabbit fornearly 1 year

sarah lutkevitcvh
Saturday, June 05, 2004

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