subexpression - 4:28 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
The problem with the "old wine" bias is that long-term users grow accustomed to features whether they work or not. The user interface can be completely deficient, yet the "old wine" bias kicks in, and they will prefer it.
Biases aside, research is the key. Human participant usability studies and surveys should be conducted.
Forum users should be surveyed and tested as well as guests who have never used webmasterworld.
This data would prove invaluable.
It would dissolve biases and prove that "Old Wine" is nothing more than "old whine"
I'm curious, what is a "bell" or "whistle"? I hear this term tossed around quite a bit by folks who want the old crusty interface.