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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 04 2014, @04:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-should-be-getting-better-sometime-soon dept.

Anonymous Coward writes:

"In a timely way for those of us building a new community at Soylent News, the BBC has collected musings on the importance of failure. A few quotes:

'The quest for perfectionism is 'the enemy of achievement' and that the more we seek to get everything exactly right, the less we actually get done.' Heather Hainbury, Headmistress of Wimbledon High School.

'If the failure was our own fault we become more tolerant of human error, and if the failure was the result of external factors, of circumstance, an unkind coalition beyond our control, then we learn about the limits of willpower and self-determination. We see how our own agency interacts with context and fortune.' Ed Smith, Author and former professional cricketer.

'If your venture doesn't work out, but you did everything you could to make it a success, that's what we call an honest failure, and that's seen as an honourable thing... Whereas if your venture didn't work out because you spent too much time at networking events, you weren't doing your customer research, and you were just lazing around, then that's what we would call a dishonest failure.' Stewart McTavish, Director of IdeaSpace in Cambridge, a community and support network for entrepreneurs."

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:22AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:22AM (#10450)

    Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.

    Salvador Dali

    In my opinion, as long as I can browse and read posts on Soylent News, without getting a message similar to "Oops! You do not appear to have javascript enabled." SoylentNews is a complete success. I read SoylentNews everyday since the beginning. I like the look of the site and everything else about it. The font in the articles on SoylentNews is a little bigger than on the other site, and this is much better. The only thing needed to improve SoylentNews is people to keep submitting a lot of technical news and articles.

    Fact: This was posted without Javascript enabled.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Barrabas on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:59AM

    by Barrabas (22) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:59AM (#10466) Journal

    (I'm running the show here at SoylentNews)

    In the last status meeting everyone agreed that we should have as little JS as possible, and also fail gracefully when it is disabled.

    The little we're *probably* going to add will allow inline open/collapse of comments. We felt that the improved functionality warranted the relatively tiny code. We thought initially that this could be done entirely using CSS, but on closer inspection that won't work.

    NCommander, the overlord of dev, is well aware of the situation and tries to keep "fail gracefully" in mind when making changes. He points out that this is also important for reading-impaired users. He uses Mosaic (remember that?) for testing.

    • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Tuesday March 04 2014, @10:10AM

      by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @10:10AM (#10539) Journal
      Inline comment and preview would also be nice. Having to remember to open a new tab to comment or I lose my place in the discussion is quite irritating. I'd also recommend removing the submit button in general, forcing every post to go via a preview step as D2 did in TOP.
      sudo mod me up
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by c0lo on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:49AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:49AM (#10476) Journal

    SoylentNews is a complete success.

    For SoylentNews to become a success, /. needed to fail.
    Moral of the story: while failure may come before improvement, the failing and the improver need not to be the same.

    Mistakes [] - never be afraid to make them, someone will surely benefit