Update at 2:45PM EST: Microsoft declined to comment on this story. That being said, the suggestion was deleted just a few hours after we published. The original story follows below.
Few people know that Microsoft offers a suggestion box for developers who build on its various platforms. But, as you’d expect with any feedback site, sometimes things get out of hand. The best example just happened: The Internet Explorer Platform has a suggestion to Stop Internet Explorer Development.
Even though the suggestion was posted just yesterday, it’s already the most popular submission and is still climbing very quickly. At the time of publishing, it had over 50 comments and 6,000 votes (more than double the second most popular idea, which is to add automatic updates to older IE versions). Here’s the three-sentence submission, multiple grammar mistakes and all:
Responses to the suggestion are mixed, ranging from complete agreement to complete disagreement. While some are clearly just whining, the main complaint is the same one we’ve heard before: Developers are still unhappy with the amount of time and resources they have to dedicate to Microsoft’s browser.
Yet the person submitting the “idea” and those supporting it don’t realize that stopping development would actually hurt more than help. User Vladimr sums up the counterargument well:
What are you talking about? It’s insane. If they stop development of IE, millions of the current users of this browser would stay on current version. And we get “IE6 2.0” in couple of years. So I flagged it as inappropriate. Stop being infantile.
This is a perfect example of why even suggestion sites need some sort of moderation. There is a “flag idea as inappropriate…” link, but as another user points out, there is no option to downvote ideas.
It’s just as important that Microsoft continue updating its browser as it is for Apple and Google to update theirs. The company certainly has problems it needs to address with IE, but, to be fair, the majority are related to the speed of updates and the overall brand. IE has come a long way; Microsoft just faces a massive challenge in getting everyone to upgrade from older versions.
We have reached out to Microsoft for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear back with anything substantial.