Usability is hard. Gnome 1.4 had a half dozen clock panel applets (literally), and Gnome 2 took all except one of them out because the function of a clock is just to tell you the time, and any other "features" are just fluff. A most sensible decision, and one that works for a majority of users, perhaps, but not all. Not for me anyway.
I visualize time as a picture of an analog clock. I suspect this isn't just me. When I plan to do something at 3'o clock, I see the L-shape in my head. So a digital clock, even though it conveys the same information, doesn't quite cut it. It's like watching TV without sound but with captioning enabled.
Are there enough people with a genuine need for an analog clock to justify the cost
of putting the preference in? How do you weigh that against the consideration that some alarmingly high percentage of Americans reportedly can't tell (analog) time
? You can't really know unless you get out there and do a usability study. That's why usability is hard.
BTW, some awesome dude wrote a patch
for my favorite LJ client
for LJ's annoying change-your-password-it-isn't-fancy-enou
gh behavior that I
opened a bug for. Hey, looks like this open source thing really works. Whoda thunk it? :^)