[wp-hackers] Usability Expert Review
jeff at jrm.cc
Mon Apr 18 16:22:07 GMT 2005
Gabriel White wrote:
>>"Replace the numeric 'level' attribute with a set of descriptive user
>>levels, such as:"
>>This is a nice idea, but the proposed user levels look _worse_ than
>>all-numeric levels, I think. "Manager Level 2" seems too bulky.
> The important thing here is to make them meaningful rather than
> abstract concepts you need to refer to the manual to remind yourself
> what they mean. Again, I'm open to other suggestions.
I think the whole "user levels" concept is a little odd, to be honest.
It's great because of its simplicity, but I think it's far too inflexible.
I would much rather see "user permission groups" that could be custom
named (hence meeting your requirement). Each "group" would have a slew
of permission check boxes that could be setup by the admin. Users would
be placed in whatever 'group' is appropriate.
Additionally, I'm not sure it's really such a bad idea to force people
to look up what a user "3" can and can't do. If you've got an admin who
see's "manager, level 2" and doesn't realize that they can (potentially)
turn on/off plugins, that would be a problem as well. Basically, it
would (as with 'post slug') be difficult to aptly -- and concisely --
name the user levels without possibly misleading, or under-informing the
admin of the user level power.
I would lean towards making sure that Admins (the only group who can
really change user level) actually know quite distinctly what they are
doing -- even if they do need to look it up.
But again, this is moot as I think the whole 'levels' concept is due to
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