Seth Godin points out that that value of being able to say, “that’s okay, it’s not for you.” This has always been how I’ve felt about Sifter. There’s countless issue trackers out there, and none of them are good or bad per se. Only a good or bad fit.
While ‘artist’ may pigeonhole the idea, the same thing applies to software. The only difference is that in software, there’s the unyielding pressure to handle these different desires through preferences so that it can appeal to everyone.
Reminds me of the quote by Bill Cosby:
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
It’s not only a matter of success or failure, but happiness. The times when I’ve been least happy with any given piece of work are when I’m searching for the “perfect” solution that will make everyone happy.