Reading/Web/Parannuksia työpöytänäkymään

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This page is a translated version of the page Reading/Web/Desktop Improvements and the translation is 42% complete.

Nyt on kulunut yli kymmenen vuotta siitä, kun Wikimedian nykyinen oletusulkoasu Vektori otettiin käyttöön. Viimeisen vuosikymmenen aikana käyttöliittymää on rikastettu laajennuksilla, gadgeteilla ja käyttäjäskripteillä. Suurinta osaa niistä ei ole koordinoitu visuaalisesti tai wikienvälisesti. Samaan aikaan sekä verkkosuunnittelu että lukijoiden ja muokkaajien odotukset ovat kasvaneet ja kehittyneet. Mielestämme on aika ottaa joitain näistä ideoista ja tuoda ne kaikkien käyttäjien oletusnäkymään, kaikkiin wikeihin, järjestäytyneellä ja johdonmukaisella tavalla. Over the next couple of quarters, the readers web team will be researching and building out improvements to the desktop experience based on research and existing tools.

Our goals are to make Wikimedia wikis more welcoming and to increase the utility amongst readers and maintain utility for existing editors. We measure the increase of trust and positive sentiment towards our sites, and the utility of our sites (the usage of common actions such as search and language switching).

Currently, on most wikis, only logged-in users are able to opt-in individually. On selected wikis, our changes are deployed for all by default, and logged-in users are able to opt-out. We are hoping to increase the set of early adopter wikis gradually, until our improvements are default on all wikis in 2021.

elokuu 2021: User links menu

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.

heinäkuu 2021: New language switching functionality

Changes to language switching capabilities on the vector skin

Over the past few months, the team has focused on improving the language switching functionality for our projects. Previously, the language links were available at the bottom of the sidebar menu and were difficult to find for readers and new editors. We have made a change that allows the language switching functionality to appear at the top of the page via a button. We have built this functionality based on the input of editors and readers from our prototype and other user testing.

The functionality was deployed to 50% of logged-in users in June of 2021 to allow for the performance of an A/B test that will compare usage to the previous location. Currently, the A/B test is completed and all users on pilot wikis should be able to see the new language switching functionality.

heinäkuu 2021: Prototype testing report coming up

An early concept of the user menu, tammikuu 2019

In May and June of 2021, the team requested feedback from 30 different language communities on a prototype of the latest feature ideas for the project. These were the user menu that will allow for users to have their personal links all in one place, and a fixed “sticky” header that gives the ability to access features (e.g. edit, access to history and talk pages) all the time. Both of these were previously only available at the top of the page. Overall, we received 305 replies from logged-in users on their experience with the prototypes.

The large majority of participants indicated positive experience with the prototype. However, we also received some feedback around the behavior of the sticky header. In particular, there were requests to make it persistent throughout the experience rather than triggered only when scrolling. We are currently implementing these suggested changes.

A full report on the analysis of the feedback we received will be published later this month.

Mikä on päämäärämme?

Kuvitellaanpa vaatekaappi

Tällä hetkellä käyttöliittymä...

…ei vastaa odotuksia. …on sotkuinen eikä kovinkaan intuitiivinen. …doesn't highlight the community side. …ei ole yhdenmukainen mobiiliversion kanssa.

  1. The desktop interface does not match the expectations created by the modern web platforms. It feels disorienting and disconnected. Navigation and interface links are organized haphazardly.
  2. There is clutter that distracts users from focusing on what they came for. It is challenging for readers to focus on the content. It is not possible for them to intuitively switch languages, search for content, or adjust reading settings. New editors are unable to use their intuition to set up their account, open the editor, or learn how to use non-article pages for moderation purposes.
  3. Vain hyvin pieni osa lukijoista todella ymmärtää Wikimedian wikien toimintaa. Suuri osa lukijoista ei tiedä lainkaan lukevansa vapaaehtoisten lisäämää ja säännöllisesti päivittämää sisältöä eikä tiedä voivansa itsekin osallistua muokkaamiseen.
  4. The large difference in experiences among our desktop interface, apps, and the mobile web, makes it difficult for readers to connect our products. There is a lack of unity in the concept of Wikimedia sites.

Miten muutoksia tehdään


Emme koske lainkaan sisältöön. Emme poista yhtäkään toiminnallisuutta. We are inspired by the existing gadgets.We do not make major changes in single steps. Koskemme vain ja ainoastaan Vektori-ulkoasuun.

  1. We are working on the interface only. No work will be done in terms of styling templates, the structure of page contents, map support, or cross-wiki templates.
  2. Elements of the interface might move around, but all navigational items and other functionality currently available by default will remain.
  3. We have analysed many wikis and have noticed many useful gadgets. Some of them definitely deserve to be surfaced and be a part of default experience.
  4. Though our changes are easily noticeable, we are taking an evolutionary approach and want the site to continue feeling familiar to readers and editors. Each feature is discussed, developed, and deployed separately.
  5. Skins other than Vector are out of the scope of our adjustments. We have frozen Vector to Legacy Vector, and begun deploying our features as parts of the new default Vector.

Deployment plan and timeline

Test our features individually,share feedback,and join our early adopter wikis!

  1. It is our intention to test our improvements in collaboration with a diverse set of volunteering early adopter wikis, both Wikipedias and sister projects.
  2. Both prior to development and after deployment, we collect data (via A/B testing, prototype feedback rounds, etc.). In the case of significantly negative results, we will roll back our changes.
  3. First three features (the new header, collapsible sidebar, and limiting content width) were deployed in July 2020.
  4. Our second large feature, an improved search widget, was deployed to early adopter wikis in February, 2021.
  5. We are hoping to increase the set of early adopter wikis gradually, until our improvements are default on all wikis in early 2022.

Luettelo aikaisen käyttöönoton wikeistä (testiwikeistä)

First group of wikis (marked as ◇ on the timeline above):

Second group of wikis (marked as ◇◇ on the timeline above):

What features will be added

We have not created a complete, detailed product specification. Each feature is built and implemented separately, over time. Features which have been created are still being adjusted and improved. Our decisions are based on community feedback, user testing, and extracted API data.