Firebug Features Poll part 1
Last week I did a little informal polling via Twitter and Rypple asking users what their favorite and least favorite features of Firebug were. I will be the first person to admit that this isn’t exactly rigorously scientific as we only had a limited number of respondents from a possibly limited sample space (mostly English speaking Twitter users, ultimately connected to me with only a few levels of indirection). Still, the results were interesting in that they confirmed what I suspected about the majority of people using Firebug. I fully expect that there are other types of users who more-strongly gravitate towards other features.
The break-down in exploding 3D pie chart format shows that 55% of users call the Inspector their hands-down favorite feature. In reality, this is probably closer to 73% if you combine the HTML tab which 18% reported as their favorite. When most people think “inspect” or “html” the next feature they describe is “being able to modify the CSS or see the layout of that node in the HTML panel”.
The next favorite feature is a tie between the Net panel and the Console. It’s possible that since I first collected the responses that the tie has been broken, but certainly not by much, and probably not within a suitable margin for error. The remaining 9% of responses were incomprehensible internet sounds. The cosmic background static of emerging consciousness.
How does this help? Well, it certainly tells us where we need to focus our efforts. We have seen a few errors with the Inspector over the past couple of years and think in version 1.5, we’re going to have most of them fixed. Annoying highlighter offsets and weird z-index issues should be a thing of the past thanks to work by contributor Mike Ratcliffe who came to us through the Firebug lite project.
I’m going to follow-up a bit later with the results of the “least favorite feature” question. They’re a bit harder to make sense of as the answers weren’t quite as obviously clear. Please let us know if this pie chart matches (or doesn’t) what you think is your favorite feature, too. This isn’t the end of the question — we’re just getting started.