Truthfully, I appreciate the idea that we want to utilize eachother to work around issues and bugs. But maybe it could also be prudent to band together and submit emails 30-40 at a time or more so that developers take greater notice and possibly make efforts to resolve some of the issues we present to one another.
In one post, I noticed a user submit a company email so that everyone could email them and submit a message to ask for changes to inaccessibility. The post was made by someone using the grub hub app.
Why is this not happening more? Why aren't we providing eachother with ways to contact developers? 3 or 4 of us might not be noticed and if we are , developers usually feel it might be low priority as they haven't received enough messages from people. As a result, if they are aware of it, it might not be fixed because enough people aren't sending messages about it.
How many of us have heard stories where a bug was noticed by hundreds, thousands, even millions of people and are fixed within days? How many of us have heard about a group of people banding together and submitting unified messages to developers and getting a feature changed or fixed? We don't need a million emails, maybe just 30-40 of us. Maybe 20 of us. Maybe a hundred of us. The point is more than we have doing it now.
I don't think a petition is what is needed. I believe that we need to start providing email addresses to eachother where we can write to developers and submit issues, questions, and requests for more accessibility. If it is too much trouble, then perhaps applevis itself can help us with these email addresses and post them on each page where an app is being discussed.
I constantly write and call Apple Accessibility. Most of the time, they state that some of the bugs are totally new to them and they haven't heard about it before. Their biggest point of contention is that many of the bugs reported are by only a handful of people so it becomes difficult to prioritize what should be fixed and what should be held off until more people reach out about it. In some cases, the reps have stated that perhaps because such a low volume of individuals have reported the issues, they sometimes don't believe it to actually be a bug, isolated to a small number since the majority has not reached out.
Writing to developers and engineers takes no more time than it does to write eachother a message. We should be doing this in larger numbers than we are doing. If we do not combine our voices, then they might not hear us. If we do though, they might take greater notice.
Please, I beg you to consider what I am writing. AppleVis, maybe you can lend a hand. This is so so so important and so valuable to us as Apple users depending on accessibility.
As stated, a petition is useful, but sending 100 separate emails might bring the point across better because developers have to sift through a hundred emails instead of one page with a hundred signatures.
Please, lets band together and blow up their inboxes so that we can at least be heard, seen, and possibly considered.