Rage. I feel it. I feel the rage.
My problem? Firefox 3's file upload box. What was once a text field for pasting in file paths, plus a button in case you wanted to browse, has changed into one big button. That's right: clicking on the file text field == button click.
First off, it's not a friggin' button. I click a text field, I expect text entry, which means all the stuff that comes with it: cutting, pasting, copying, deleting, modification, the works. No more uploading files with names so similar it's faster to just edit the file names, or tweak the paths.
Second, I can't paste files from my file manager into the box anymore. I'm forced to use the file dialog, which is still inadequate under Linux. I need thumbnails. I need them because my image file names are totally useless. They're useless because they're Unix time stamps. I have hundreds of these time stamped files, so I refuse to name them. Without useful file names they appear as tiny, useless icons under Firefox in Ubuntu, and as even more useless generic file icons with Firefox under Xubuntu. Which was fine so long as I could paste files in from my file manager. But I can't paste files in from the file manager when the text box acts like a button. Without the text box, I'm stuck with the crappy dialog instead. With no way around.
What compelled the developers to do this? Did they think that users wouldn't be able to click a button labeled "Upload"? After having clicked such buttons the whole time they've been on a computer? Did they just not care about people who are faster on the keyboard than they are on the mouse. I'd be real interested in the motivation behind this decision.
Ways to fix this design flaw also welcome, because the only remotely related thing I could find on Google about this was this guy's comments on Firefox Beta 3.
dscdood has found some pretty interesting links about this. Read the comments. Turns out this change has been the result of an issue that has been around for a long time.
I still think it's retarded though.
Oh, and if the path of your file is longer than the text display, good luck checking if it's right, because you can't select the text field and scroll left or right.