Like many or most I got to Brave because I care about privacy. No I’m not obsessed by privacy, but I’m very happy to see someone develop a browser that puts MY interests before those of rank monetising. I’m happy for Youtube to know who I am for example, but am NOT happy to be considered marketing fodder just by dint of using the internet. What I search for, who I email is NOBODY’s BUSINESS but mine - purely as a point of principle.
That said, and allowing for the fact that under my Linux distro I’m running a beta version of Brave (0.65.114) I still find it rather odd yet incredibly annoying that there’s been so little apparent interest in improving user customisation. Some examples (that others have commented on):
WHY ON EARTH is it so darned difficult to give us MORE THAN SIX TABS on the new tab page?? Really? This was brought up years ago, and turns out to be (surprise to myself) a REALLY USEFUL thing! REALLY useful… as in it becomes such a complete pain in the a** to keep having to manually enter favourite websites, that I consider uninstalling Brave and simply sticking with Vivaldi.
I came here from Vivaldi because while (for me) they have absolutely nailed it with regard to allowing user customisation (themes/colours, tab styling, personalisation, home pages, frequently used etc. etc.) they’ve clearly had some deep issues with the underlying code because 40 second page load times ARE NOT what I want from a browser.
So yeah, just chatting on here really… I do appreciate that ALL this stuff we get to use is FREE and is not paid software - sure, I get that. But this seems to be how the world currently works i.e. you give people free tools, which they download and use, but realise “oh, it hasn’t got ‘x’ feature” or “bother, I can’t do this with it”. And that stuff actually matters. I switched media players after years of what ended up feeling like displaced loyalty because I’d kept saying to myself yep, they’ll get to that feature/bug fix/issue soon enough… but imagine I then find out they simply announce “we’re not going to do that” - cue internet raises its voice to ask why… answer comes “because we don’t feel we want to support it”. So, I went through the pain of spending days installing and testing players. Ended up sticking with one which is funnily enough NOT under active development, meaning that nobody is likely to come and mess up the way it looks/works in the name of “improving” it!!!
I’m happy to accept that if I change to new software I have to adapt. It may lack familiar features, or it may require me to rethink how I do certain things but that said I feel it’s a very fine but important balance - between respecting the developers, understanding that “it’s only a small thing” for us might in fact be very complex or might undermine some basic design principle while at the same time if users keep being told “that’s not going to be included (yet)” or “we made a decision to NOT implement such and such” then users will just go off and find something else.
After all - the purpose of developing what has now become such a core utility (a web browser) - is to ultimately satisfy who? The end users or the developers?