The user menu is now available for all users opted into Desktop Improvements. This menu makes it easier for new editors and readers to identify which links are related to their personal tools. These tools are: user page and talk page, watchlist, etc. It also allows for visual cohesion at the top of our pages.
We are monitoring how the change impacts the number of clicks to these links. Based on the results, we may decide to improve the menu. In addition, volunteers have commented on the position of the watchlist link. We are working on this.
Details are available on Phabricator.
在过去的几个月里，团队一直专注于改善我们项目的语言切换功能。 以前，语言链接在侧栏菜单的底部，读者和新用户很难找到。 我们做了一个改变，允许语言切换功能出现在页面的顶部通过一个按钮。 我们根据用户和读者使用我们的原型设计和其他用户测试中得到的意见建立了这个功能。
绝大多数参与者表示对这一设计有积极的体验。 然而，我们也收到了一些围绕粘性标题操作的反馈。 特别是，有人要求让它在整个体验过程中持续存在，而不是只在滚动时才被触发。 我们目前正在实施这些建议的修改。
In early 2021, the Web team and Design Research team contracted three independent research groups to study the usage of two proposed features: a fixed "sticky" header and a persistent table of contents. Our goal was to allow frequently used functionality to be available throughout the page, thus reducing the time people scrolled up and down the page looking for the tools they need. We tested new readers, casual readers, and editors in three different countries - Ghana, Indonesia, and Argentina and three different languages - English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Spanish. This report shows the findings of our studies.
Overall, both of the proposed features were positively received by the study participants.
We are happy to announce that our new search widget is now available on all of our current pilot wikis by default. The new search functionality optimizes the search experience by providing context on search results, such as images and descriptions, making it easier to find the correct results.
We are also performing an A/B test on pilot wikis, for logged-in users only. The A/B test provides the new widget for 50% of logged-in users and compares it to the old search for the remaining 50%. 测试的结果将运行我们测量该特性的成功性，并确定需要改进和迭代的领域。 该测试将进行两周，之后，我们将分析并发表结果。
我们还开始审查关于整个桌面改进项目以及个别功能的一些数据。我们发布了一份关于可折叠侧边栏使用情况的报告。 根据数据显示，已注销的用户比已登录的用户更偏好保持侧边栏的折叠状态。 这些结果给了我们信心，我们最终的默认值将是对登录用户保持侧边栏展开，而对注销用户保持侧边栏关闭。
- 2021年2月：新的搜索小工具部署到试点维基（pilot wikis）上。试点维基列表将扩大到葡萄牙语维基百科、土耳其语维基百科、韩语维基百科、塞尔维亚语维基百科和德语维基导游。
我们的第二项更改是为文章页和讨论页等页面的内容引入了最大行宽。 研究表明，限制宽度可以更好地保留内容，同时减少眼睛疲劳。 （请查阅我们的FAQ以获取所查阅文献的列表）
We deployed our collapsible sidebar on officewiki and testwiki. You can see it by going to either of those projects, or by appending the url parameter ?useskinversion=2 to the url on any project.
Starting in January 2020 we have been working with Hureo, a user research firm based in India, to perform a user study on how new and casual readers use the desktop interface of Wikipedia. The outcome of the first phase of the study is a report detailing their observations from 24 user interviews. Read more
In December, 2019 we published a prototype of the first few features of the desktop improvements project for community feedback. We received detailed, thoughtful feedback from over 200 logged-in users, across five languages. We have published a report which highlights the main points raised, both positive and negative, and our plans going forward in response to this feedback. The prototype presented a collapsible version of the sidebar, a fixed-width layout, and a more prominent location for the language switcher. The feedback was mostly positive, with the majority of users seeing the proposed changes as an improvement over the current design. However there were also some areas of concern. Many of the issues raised were due to bugs in the prototype (particularly with the language switching menu), while others exposed areas for improvement that we will iterate on and/or keep an eye on during development.
- We have began building the opting-in and opting-out structure for the project.
The setting for turning the improvements on will be within the user preferences list for logged-in users. For test wikis, the improvements will be on by default, but logged-in users will be able to turn them off anytime via their preferences or a button in the sidebar. Please see the Opting in and Release Plan page for more details and mockups.
- We have also published the current list of features considered for the project as well as the sequence we plan on building them in.
As we will be testing each individual feature prior to building, this list is subject to change based on the feedback we receive.
We have finished our first round of feedback for the prototype of the first few features of the desktop improvements project: the new header, collapsible sidebar, and improved language switching. So far, the results have been mostly positive, with the majority of users seeing the changes as a significant improvement over the current design. However, we also found a few areas for improvement that we will iterate on and consider during development. Here are a few highlights of the results so far:
- A majority of the editors who tested the prototype really liked the new location of the language switcher.
- A few editors raised concerns around internationalization and the ability to switch languages using one click.
- A majority of the editors liked the collapsibility of the sidebar, especially for readers
- There were some concerns around the amount of white space introduced with a collapsible sidebar and fixed-width layout
- We saw many requests for a dark/night mode for the site
We are currently running the second feedback round on English and Polish Wikipedias. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please let us know your thoughts on the prototype page. Once both feedback rounds are completed, we will be publishing a more in-depth report.
In December we did some usability testing to compare the current placement of the Universal Language Selector (in the sidebar) with the proposed location in the article header. We tested a prototype with 21 users in order to determine if people have an easier time switching languages given the new location of the language switcher. The results of the test confirmed our hypothesis — participants in the test group (new location) were able to switch languages more quickly than participants in the control group (old location). Based on these results we plan on continuing to explore moving the language selector to this location as a part of the desktop improvements project.
Between December 2019 and February 2020, we will be performing tests on a prototype for the first few features of the desktop improvements project. We will be gathering feedback from a variety of test wikis by encouraging editors to participate using a central notice banner. We ran the banners and received feedback from the majority of our test wikis during December 2019. In February 2020, we will continue running the banners on English and Polish Wikipedias. So far, the feedback we have received is mostly positive but we have also identified some areas of our prototype that we will iterate on based on the feedback. We will be publishing the results of the first round of feedback over the next few weeks, and of the second, sometime in February. In the meantime, we encourage you to give us feedback (if you haven't yet) on the prototype page.
We have published the results of our technical research in preparation for beginning the work on the project. In particular, we have focused on gathering more information on the following:
- The possibility of serving a different version of the site to logged-out users (for opt-in/opt-out and A/B testing purposes)
- Search and the differences between the current search widgets
- Language switching and possibilities on improving the language switcher
- T234907 - A technical RfC on what code-base to start with
- Changes to EventLogging and how they will impact our work
During Wikimania 2019, we interviewed editors with the goal of sharing the plans for our upcoming Desktop improvements project, and collecting valuable feedback on a number of preliminary design ideas. Our research consisted of user interviews, a free-form feedback exercise, and a presentation with breakout groups for more focused discussion. We have published a report and a PDF summary (in English) of the feedback we received. Overall, we received positive feedback on the focus areas selected, as well as the individual prototypes for ideas. However, we were also able to identify areas for improvements.
We will be iterating over this feedback over the next few weeks and plan on developing a prototype that we can test with a wider audience across wikis.
In the slideshow below is a sample of 19 of the ideas we tested. For more context, please read the full report and then give us feedback on the talk page!
As a part of our research process, we wanted to learn more about the way people currently use the site. In particular, how often they use available functionality such as links in the sidebar, language switching, and search. We have published our results. Overall, usage of sidebar links is low - only about 0.5% of all logged out users and 1.6% of all logged-in desktop users clicked on one of the pages linked in the sidebar. Language switching usage varied, generally based on the size of the wiki, with smaller wikis switching languages more often.
Wikimania provided us with the opportunity to speak with experienced members of our communities. Over the five days of the conference we were able to share the plans for the project, and collect valuable feedback on a number of design ideas. Our research consisted of user interviews, a free-form feedback exercise, and a presentation + brainstorming session (you can see the slide-deck we used at the side). We will soon be publishing the summary of the feedback, as well as interview session results.
To explore different technical possibilities for the project, the team spent a week hacking on different approaches to a single problem - how to enable the sidebar in the desktop experience to be collapsible. We are hoping to use the results from these experiments to determine the technical architecture for the improvements, as well as the skin we would like to build these improvements within. Here is a list of the experiments themselves:
- Building a collapsible sidebar using a fork of the vector skin
- Building the desktop sidebar within the Minerva skin. An exploration in the question: "is there a world where we have the same skin for desktop and mobile?"
- Building a collapsible sidebar using user styles only