Reading/Web/Desktop Improvements/Prototype testing

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Over the next two years we will be working on improvements to our desktop site. Many of the proposed improvements are based on existing gadgets and userscripts, user research, and the feedback we received from editors during Wikimania and afterwards. Linked below is a prototype of the first few features we would like to implement.

We would appreciate any thoughts or feedback you have regarding these proposed changes. Any and all comments are appreciated! For more context on the design please read the Wikimania Stockholm research report.

Instructions

  1. Please open the prototype in a new tab (on a desktop or laptop computer): https://people.wikimedia.org/~jdrewniak/dip/#/en/wiki/Moon
  2. Create a new section on this page using the form below (it will be pre-filled with the questions for you to respond to).
  3. Fill in your feedback about the prototype in your newly created section.

  • ⓘ If you would prefer to send feedback via email, please send to Olga Vasileva at olga@wikimedia.org.
  • ⚠ Keep in mind that since this is a prototype most of the links don’t actually work, and there might be other bugs or quirks that you’ll come across.
  • ⚠ The "new section form" unfortunately isn't compatible with the visual editor (VE). If you are using the visual editor, please manually create a new section and copy & paste the feedback questions (listed below).


Preview of Prototype

Preview of feedback questions

  1. Take a minute to look around. What are some of your initial impressions? Do you find anything confusing? Convenient? Particularly interesting? (Keep in mind that since this is a prototype some of the links might not work, and there might be other bugs or quirks that you’ll come across.)
    (your feedback here)
  2. Imagine you wanted to switch the article to another language. Can you figure out how to do so? What do you think of this experience?
  3. Imagine you wanted to collapse the main sidebar menu. Can you figure out how to do so? What do you think of this experience?
  4. The logged-out experience is slightly different. Please click the “Log out” link in the top corner. What do you notice that’s different from the logged-in experience? What do you think?
  5. Imagine your main objective is reading an article. What do you think of page layout and the reading experience? How does it compare with the current experience on Wikipedia?
  6. Please add any final thoughts, ideas, or questions.

Feedback

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1. Take a minute to look around. What are some of your initial impressions? Do you find anything confusing? Convenient? Particularly interesting? (Keep in mind that since this is a prototype some of the links might not work, and there might be other bugs or quirks that you’ll come across.)

At first glance, I just noticed the logo change.

2. Imagine you wanted to switch the article to another language. Can you figure out how to do so? What do you think of this experience?

Yes, It takes maybe 5 or 10 seconds to find it.

3. Imagine you wanted to collapse the main sidebar menu. Can you figure out how to do so? What do you think of this experience?

Yeah, Everyone saw the hamburger button on other apps and websites, So they know how to use that. I didn't like that. maybe it will be better if you change the article width size and remove blank spaces.

4. The logged-out experience is slightly different. Please click the “Log out” link in the top right corner. What do you notice that’s different from the logged-in experience? What do you think?

It's the same collapse sidebar view. I think after logout, it's ok to don't show some links to the user. but still, I hate white spaces :)

5. Imagine your main objective is reading an article. What do you think of page layout and the reading experience? How does it compare with the current experience on Wikipedia?

Aside from the logo, I didn't feel any significant change for readers.

6. Please add any final thoughts, ideas, or questions.

I know it's hard to change the look right now. Users and readers have been used to this look for years. I think you can change the way you present new designs and changes. For example, for important changes such as the location of languages, you could have an interactive presentation for the first visit. This allows the user to first understand the changes and spend less time to find Languages.