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Geraki (talkcontribs)

Version 2.0 testing feedback

TASK #4: What are your initial impressions of the tool? What stands out to you? Do you find something particularly eye-catching? Confusing?

  • Too many simmilar links that I have to actually read in order to check which is a signature and which is the "reply" button.
  • Too much indentation, needs overflow in narrow screens. Wiki users actually break a discussion when indentation makes it difficult to follow. ( and ). Actually I do like the Structered Dicussions limit of indented reply that prevents discussions to escallate on 1vs1 and keep them on the initial subject.

TASK #5: Could you figure out how to write and style a comment in the tool's visual mode do so? What did you think of this experience?

Yea, ok, no problem.


TASK #6: Could you figure out how to ping someone who has commented in the section you are replying in? What did you think of this experience?


Well, since there is no button (and why are they on another side?) there is NO way to know how to ping unless you already know the template.

I now see in other comments that you just have to type "@" (as in Structured Discussions). Nice, but I did not figure it the first time as there is no hint about that (and surely new users will not have a hint at all except if they are Facebook users). It should be in the toolbar as it will be more common than styling markup and will give a hint about the availability of the function.


TASK #7: Could you figure out how to ping someone who has not commented in the section you are replying in? What did you think of this experience?


Well, since there is no button (and why are they on another side?) there is NO way to know how to ping unless you already know the template.

I now see in other comments that you just have to type "@" (as in Structured Discussions). Nice, but I did not figure it the first time as there is no hint about that (and surely new users will not have a hint at all except if they are Facebook users). It should be in the toolbar as it will be more common than styling markup and will give a hint about the availability of the function.


TASK #8: Could you figure out how to delete the ping you created in Task #7? What did you think of this experience?

Yes, I do, it is easy before I publsh. After I publish, I need to edit the section (if that was the question).

TASK #9: Could you figure out how to see the comment you were writing in the visual mode, in the source mode before posting the comment to the talk page? What – if any – part the wikitext looked different from how you expected?

Yes, everything's fine.


TASK #10: Could you figure out how to post the comment you had written in Tasks #1 - #9 to the talk page?

Yes, it is ok.

(Note: putting the buttons on the right side, means that the physical distance between my two-three words comment and the publish button is 42cm on a 24' screen (disregarding that this is also the width of the edit form :-p).


TASK #11: Does the diff you created by posting a comment look as you expected? What – if anything – were you surprised to see?

Not the source (except the lack of blank lines before and after the post.

It seems that the edit summary defaults to "→‎Section: Reply". Not useful.

OVERALL: If there are other comments or questions you would like to make the team aware of, please write them here.

  • Most users leave at least one blank line between comments. The only reason a user would not leave a blank line is if the comment is more personal and not about the main subject of the discussion.
  • If I want to edit/correct something in my comment and work in WikiEditor, the fact that there are no blank lines between individual comments makes the source cluttered. This will annoy users whether they do use the reply tool or not...

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