Comment 133 for bug 532633

"The default position of the window controls will remain the left,
throughout beta1. We're interested in data which could influence the
ultimate decision. There are good reasons both for the change, and
against them, and ultimately the position will be decided based on what
we want to achieve over time."

What are these reasons you are aluding to? Don't you think that impacting your entire community requires an actual explanation? You owe it to your community to not leave them in the dark about force feeding gigantic user impacting changes such as this.

"Moving everything to the left opens up the space on the right nicely,
and I would like to experiment in 10.10 with some innovative options
there. It's much easier to do that if we make this change now. I
appreciate that it's an emotive subject, and apologise for the fact that
I haven't been responding in detail to every comment - I'm busy moving
house this week. But the design team is well aware of the controversy,
your (polite) comments and more importantly *data* are very welcome and
will help make the best decision."

This is a very silly argument, and I really struggle to believe that you wrote this. Leaving everything on the right opens the space to the left just as well, so this explanation for this change makes absolutely no logical sense. Why can't Canonical / Ubuntu team experiment with the space on the left? I don't really see any actual value in the decision or your statement here in support of it.

"When we have a celebrity bug report like this, it's a real exercise for
our values of communication, civility, and ubuntu. Thank you to those
who have pointed to the code of conduct when things get heated. And
thanks even more to those who FELT heated but didn't let it show :-)"

You shouldn't need "celebrity bug reports" because you should be working with the community and making sure they are aware of and approve of changes like this. Have you forgotten that Ubuntu is supposed to be a community distribution, because at face value it seems you have.

I suppose you and canonical will do whatever it is you want to do with this, but just remember that the community asked you to leave it alone and you and your company chose to ignore them.

Thanks for reading.