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Authored by: leamanc on Aug 08, '11 09:05:14AM

I agree that users complaining about "bad hint" is inappropriate, as it has been the stated goal of the site to provide hints for all levels of expertise. But this was not even a hint at all. It was speculation about resolution independence making its way into OS X. The examples given for this hypothesis were totally wrong. They have nothing to do with resolution independence; they have to do with printing. They are there to take WYSIWYG to the next level. Instead of just showing you fonts on screen as they will appear printed, you can shape the layout of the document on screen to match your printed output. This is a feature set generally only available to high-end desktop publishing, and it's probably a holdover from NeXTStep's Preview and TextEdit, showing off what that OS could do with Display Postscript.

So what we had was not a hint at all, but a statement, and a wrong one at that. As I said before, that's what the forums are for. Users can draw up theories, discuss them, and we can draw our own conclusions about right or wrong. If we are going to allow discussion topics out of the forums and into the main site, then let's at least make sure they have some basis in fact or reality.

I wouldn't brush this off so easily with a "hey man, chill." Inaccurate and misleading information brings down the quality of the site in a big way. It's not matter of what makes a good hint or not--indeed, that is in the eye of the beholder. This is more like saying that because it's sunny and mild today, it's a sign that the economy in the USA will turn around soon. It's an inappropriate and inaccurate conclusion. And not a hint in any way, good or bad.

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