Settings Are Not A Design Failure

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“[I]f your users don’t feel comfortable using your product, even if it’s due to small details, they quickly leave you for a more cosy place.” The Linear team views settings as a necessary part of user retention; settings allow users to feel “more at home,” and a comfortable user is unlikely to switch to your competitor. For example, Linear’s Mac app has a setting to hide the mouse cursor while hovering over a link, because seeing a cursor may feel “weird” to native Mac OS users. Read full article here

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