[Mediawiki-i18n] Length of messages in BetaFeatures
Siebrand Mazeland (WMF)
smazeland at wikimedia.org
Wed Sep 4 18:44:44 UTC 2013
On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM, Mark Holmquist <mtraceur at member.fsf.org>wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 04, 2013 at 07:59:53PM +0200, Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) wrote:
> > This is for the daring, intrepid early adopters who want to see every
> > single experimental feature as it rolls out. Your account will
> > automatically get the latest features when they come out. You can always
> > come back to this page to disable the ones you decide not to use, but
> > will give you the most bleeding-edge experience on the site.
> > ... consider thinking some more. Does this say about the same, and
> > the same concept requiring less time of the user?
> > [checkbox] Automatically use all experimental features.
> This was your suggestion on the patchset, when it first surfaced, IIRC.
At least I'm consistent :).
> But I'm not sure that the explanations are both the same - your suggestion
> gives the impression that the user would have every feature enabled by
> this one, which isn't the case. *Future* features will all be enabled
> by default, but existing ones will stay disabled if they were before.
> In any case, I feel I may not have been terribly clear - I *want* there
> to be long-form descriptions of these features. People are working on
> them and want to "sell" them to users, and this is their chance. We have,
> comparatively to old preference fields, a much larger amount of space to
> use for descriptions of features, which (I believe) is part of what the
> design team intended - see this screenshot of the extension's tab, for
> I'll get in touch with them to see if I can push back on that part of it,
> but if we end up with longer descriptions, what would your suggestion be?
International English, well thought out, as brief as possible. People don't
read. Really, they don't.
The screenshot is very useful. The 4-6 word heading will probably do the
trick. Make that suck less, and the fine print will be ir^H^Hless relevant.
>  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BetaFeatures_2013-09-04.png
> Mark Holmquist
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