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The Flow message-board is great!

Aron Manning (talkcontribs)

This might be off-topic here.

It quickly spams the page history though. Tips for that:

  • Consecutive edits of the same message (by the same user) should be merged into one edit/diff/commit, similar to the "Amend last commit" feature of git.
  • Consecutive edits of different messages by the same user should be grouped in the history view. Motivating example: just look at this mess I made.

Aron Manning (talkcontribs)

Another usability observation: The .flow-menu ellipsis could be easier to pair with the message it belongs to. As there is no visual separation between messages – the user name on the left side is the only boundary, but the ellipsis is on the far right –, every time I accidentally open the flow menu of the next message...

Imo the flow-menu ellipsis just right from the user name would be more obvious, and closer to where the mouse usually is. The (talk | contribs) links also show up there, when the mouse hovers over the user name. The links could show up right of the ellipsis, or the ellipsis could hide when the links show.

The "Edited an hour ago" (.flow-post-timestamp) is also on the far end (actually the ellipsis menu of the next message is easily associated with it, causing the above issue). Imo this would be better placed where the "(talk | contribs)" links (.mw-usertoollinks) are, and hidden when the user links become visible.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

@Jorm I know there's no plan to re-design Flow any time soon, but I thought you'd like to see Aron's feedback on the … menu. I've also encountered the problem of timestamp #1 looking like it's supposed to be related to ellipsis #2 occasionally before.

Jorm (talkcontribs)

I had nothing to do with this design. I don't think it's optimal. I was removed from the project before it got to this. This is not what I would have built.

Aron Manning (talkcontribs)

After reading some of the current talk page discussion, I see now the issue with history was a major reason for the refusal of Flow. That discussion might propose a better design.

The ellipse menu UX would be a simple improvement though (some CSS and an element relocation). I wonder where is the forum for such feedback/suggestions?

Fixing the copy-paste issue would be beneficial as well.

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