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IKhitron (talkcontribs)

Hello. Is there a way to return to previous version of the tool, a couple of weeks ago? It was wonderful. I can't even understand the current one, but trying to use all the buttons does not help to solve conflicts. If it's impossible, I'll remove it at all. Thank you.

Michael Schönitzer (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Hi, sorry to hear that. Maybe you can describe us more what your problems with the new interface are, so that we can try to improve it and it's documentation?

IKhitron (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your answer. No problem. I do not know what to do to resolve the conflict. I see too many buttons. I can't understand what each one is for. I can't find how to edit the current version so I could paste my changes. And so on.

Michael Schönitzer (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Hi, for our better understanding: did you see/use the help-button? If so, did the help dialogs helped?

IKhitron (talkcontribs)

One, the previous version was extremally intuitive, so I did not need any help. And two, no, I did not.

Natureium (talkcontribs)

I second this. The new version is much more difficult to use.

IKhitron (talkcontribs)

I had a conflict again. Found the help link, read the help. Now I know what did you want it to be. And yes, it is much more harder to use. So my question, again, is there a way to return to the previous version on my account, or I'll just turn the tool off? Thank you.

Michael Schönitzer (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

There is unfortunately no way to switch to the previous version.

IKhitron (talkcontribs)

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Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Hi @IKhitron and @Natureium! The interface you'd like to return to is this version here, right?

It would help us if you could describe a bit what this interface did well that you are missing in the new one. If you can spare a few minutes to describe this, this would be much appreciated.

Best,

Johanna

IKhitron (talkcontribs)

Yes, it is. Well, it is very unconvenient and very unintuitive. I believe it's possible to solve a conflict using the new version, and it's possible to remember how to do it, but it is not worth. The first version was millions better than the regular wikitool, and in the same time the second version is much worse than the regular one. If I can't use the first version, I use the regular one. I could use the second one if it was the only existing. But if the regular wikitool is much better - why would I not use it? I even did not find a window in the second version with the text that will be published, just parts of it splitten on different windows. Hope it helps.

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

@IKhitron Thanks for clarifying which versions you're talking about. Trying to get to the bottom of the problem, would you say the new version is inconvenient and unintuitive mainly because you don't see the whole text that will be published? If it's not "just" about that, could you describe a bit more? I know this has turned into a long thread, but your feedback could really help us here. So if you have the time, it would be of much help if you could describe where you have trouble and why (E.g. "I've just run into an edit conflict and I don't know how to select the changes I made before" or "I've made all the changes I want to keep, but I can't see the whole text that will be published").

Also, do you usually run into edit conflicts on talk pages or in articles?

Best,

Johanna

IKhitron (talkcontribs)
  1. It's not "just" that, there are other issues.
  2. I have some time, but I'm not sure I can describe it clearly better. It's just the whole experience, and it isn't usual for me, because regularly I like new features and use them with pleasure.
  3. Both.

Maybe I can help you other way, Johanna. If it does not bother you, could you please describe me, in a nutshell, what points in the second version should make it better than the first one, and what problems does thay solve? If you could, I can give my feedback on each point, I think. Thank you very much.

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talkcontribs)
IKhitron (talkcontribs)

Great, thanks! Well:

  1. It is hard to find own changes -> It was easy to me in the first version and hard to impossible in the second one.
  2. It is not clear which column is going to be saved so it is hard to figure out which version I should edit -> It was clear in the first version and absolutely impossible in the second one.
  3. It should be easier to merge conflicting changes -> I am not sure if it's about the whole process or the one specific point. If whole process, it's much harder now. If the specific point, it's the same as in the first version.
  4. The selection of the base version is too complicated -> It was simple in the first version, and very frustrating in the second one.
Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

@IKhitron Thank you for this. I'll take your feedback back to the rest of the team, and we might get in touch again if we have more questions.

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