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Re: What do you think about changing the UI for unfinished pages? (no flags, one big warning sign instead)

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:40:00 +0100
Message-ID: <524AC2A0.9020004@w3.org>
To: public-webplatform@w3.org
I think this is a good idea, since I fell into the trap recently of 
assuming that the information on a good number of pages was for 
consumption (albeit needing further work), and coming away disappointed. 
  A key problem for me was trying to figure out what information on a 
given page was ok, and what was not. A clear message saying that the 
whole page should be avoided would be helpful.

In my haste to find the information I needed quickly, I didn't get from 
the panel of red flags that the article was still not for consumption - 
I just thought there was a bunch of stuff missing. To be honest, i was 
in too much of a hurry to read the detail of each flag.

I think a clear, easily noticeable icon would be useful, but I think 
there should also be some text associated with it that says explicitly 
(ie. not a tooltip) that the page is not yet for consumption. (It may 
then go on to request help for making it so, but I think that users 
should be able to see very clearly and upfront that they should not use 
this page yet.)

My personal opinion is that moving the red flags to the edit page is a 
very good idea: by simplifying the page, it would make the warning 
triangle (or whatever) much more noticeable, but also the flag 
information is not really of interest to the general reader of the page, 
I think, and removing it will lead to a cleaner UI.

Hope that helps,

On 30/09/2013 22:09, Julee wrote:
> Hi, everyone:
> As I mentioned in the notes for the infrastructure meeting, we talked
> about changing the UI for unfinished pages. We want to make it clear to
> the consumer of the content (the visitor) when a page is not ready for
> consumption. Doug came up with an alternative experience:
> Flags UI - The flags UI (as it stands now or in the latest comps) is NOT
> sufficient for notifying a visitor that the page is not ready for
> consumption. So, we have modified proposal:
> One pictograph:
> On each unfinished/unvetted page, there will be a single pictograph (we
> talked about a red warning triangle) w/ a tooltip (or as associated
> text) saying the page isn't finished with a link to a top-level topic
> that does show what pages ARE ready. This warning should get in the way
> of reading the rest of the page, as we want users to NOT use this page.
> Flags in editing form only:
> We still simplify the flags (as we discussed in a thread on the list)
> and they will remain within the edit form, but the flags will not be
> exposed in the UI. There'd be only this 1 red warning symbol.
> Update www landing page as well:
> ADDED DEPENDENCY: www landing page needs updating: to notify visitor
> that we're still working on this site, and that if you see this graphic
> [some red alert] it means the page isn't ready, please help us fix it.
> Action items:
> * We will ask Eliot to help us edit the text so that it is the clearest
> to the user.
> * For other tasks, Doug & Renoir will isolate tasks that need to be
> done, so we can publicize and seek volunteers with appropriate skills.
> Please let us know what you think!
> Julee
> ----------------------------
> julee@adobe.com
> @adobejulee
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