Version 2.0 testing feedback
TASK #4: What are your initial impressions of the tool? What stands out to you? Do you find something particularly eye-catching? Confusing?
- First impression is "What happened"? When clicking "Reply", the link suddenly dissappears (which is an unexpected behavior for clicking a link) and the tool interface appears too quickly and abruptly. I would expect that a large element like this would have a fade-in animation. It is custormary to show a yellow background color quickly fading to white to represent elements that appear in a page and change their surroundings layout. (P.S: Heck, you do that same animation when you finally post the comment. Why not also when the tool appears?)
- Second impression is "Where am I"? When clicking a post that has several earlier replies, the interface jumps down and the tool apears in the middle of a completely different conversation, in a new context with no visual indication of its relation to the initial comment we're replying to.
- The large yellow box saying "You are not logged in" is easy to spot. The copyright notice right below it, not so much. Wikipedia puts a very important emphasis on its unusual copyright notice, and this notice is way too easy to overlook. Moreover, it is left-aligned, and the Reply button is to the right, so the notice is not even near the point of the interface where it is relevant.
TASK #5: Could you figure out how to write and style a comment in the tool's
visual mode do so? What did you think of this experience?
The tool is simple to use and does its job.
- It's a bit weird that clicking "big" makes the text bigger, but clicking it again makes it smaller, by way of disabling the "big" font. I expected to make it still bigger.
- I know that the "Visual" and "Code" keywords respectively correspond to WYSIWYG and wiki editors, but I'm not sure that they are a good fit to their purpose in this interface. Descriptions like "Styles" and "plain code" would be more universally understood, I think, and they would better fit the limited expectations of writing a single comment in a thread, as well as the limited tool functions. This is not the full-blown Visual editor of Wikipedia articles.
TASK #6: Could you figure out how to ping someone who has commented in the section you are replying in? What did you think of this experience?
I have no clue how to do that. I can't find a "ping" button in any of the menus, and clicking on someones's name navigates to their user page. (At least the message draft is not lost when navigating back. Good thing!)
TASK #7: Could you figure out how to ping someone who has not commented in the section you are replying in? What did you think of this experience?
Same as above, I can't find how to do that.
TASK #8: Could you figure out how to delete the ping you created in Task #7? What did you think of this experience?
Same as above, I can't find how to do that.
TASK #9: Could you figure out how to see the comment you were writing in the
visual mode, in the
source mode before posting the comment to the talk page? What – if any – part the wikitext looked different from how you expected?
Changing between Visual and Code is intuitive, and the noticeable delay is not too bad even for a large post.
TASK #10: Could you figure out how to post the comment you had written in Tasks #1 - #9 to the talk page?
Yes, though for a very long comment written in the Code section, the Reply button goes out of sight, pushed far down the page by the Preview panel, which is weird. I'm undecided between liking that it forces you to scroll down through all your message again to review it, or the fact that the button is missing when you want to press it.
I like that, if you press Cancel, it scrolls you up back where you started.
TASK #11: Does the diff you created by posting a comment look as you expected? What – if anything – were you surprised to see?
I'm surprised that the result is quite normal. :-) Good indentation, simple code. Well done.
I also hadn't seen before the Edit quality tool. Adding comments to the comments? Seems intriguing, and quite meta.
OVERALL: If there are other comments or questions you would like to make the team aware of, please write them here.
Good tool, simple to use, it's good for what it's made for.
P.S. Hey, why does this current box where I'm writing have a Replace tool, and the Reply tool hasn't? I hadn't missed it 'till I saw this one ;-)