I love Lotus Notes. And I wish it had been me who had set up ilovelotusnotes.net, but it wasn’t. So far the comments have been pretty much what I’d expect – the perception is that the hate-filled rants on ihatelotusnotes.com are mostly from people using older versions of Notes. Mind you, once you hate something you’ll probably convince yourself that you’ll always hate it, no matter how much it improves. So going to that site and telling people that they’re on an old version won’t help. Let them get on with their whining. If they ever read that book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ they may see that whining about your e-mail client isn’t one of them.

It may surprise you, but I think that Lotus Notes Sucks is a far more constructive web site than ihatelotusnotes. Rather than directionless whining, this guy actually took the time to document reasons why he thought Notes sucked… and he was good enough to cross them off when the issues were fixed (up to a point). It’s a shame that the conclusion “Lotus Notes sucks” was applied to each of the eighty points, thereby making it seem a little witless and predictable. Our host also refers to the time he was contacted by Mary from Westford with an offer to participate in the Notes redesign (the basis of Notes 8), but he declined.

What’s also apparent is that the site hasn’t been touched for quite some time – the last update was in February 2006. Several fixed issues remain listed as current ‘suck factors’. Maybe he got bored, maybe his company migrated to Outlook. I hope he’s happy now.

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