[wp-hackers] 1.5.2 or on to 1.6?

Denis de Bernardy denis at semiologic.com
Mon May 23 17:35:25 GMT 2005

> Of course not. 'Work on' is not the same thing as 'Implement 
> unquestionably'.
> But don't discount the feedback.

I sincerily do not want to start a troll or anything. I'm sure Gabriel is a
very cool person to hang out with and that he has a keen artistic sense when
it comes to making a button look pretty. It's just that when it comes to
usability and HCI, I encourage you to trust someone else.

I kept this to myself when the report was released, but sincerily...
WordPress is a publishing software. Anyone with a clue in usability would
have pointed out three obvious and major points:

- A preview button is missing in the default package
- A spell checker is missing in the default package
- A wysiwyg editor is missing in the default package

Yet, the 'expert' missed all three. He instead concentrated on hardly
significant details such as the looks of external links.

What more, many of his suggestions were irrelevant. For instance, it's
immediate to notice that users go to the admin section to check for news,
for comments in need of moderation and for links from the dashboard. And
then head straight to create new post, page or link.

A clueful expert would have suggested to put more focus on the dashboard's
main uses, and that the three relevant 'New' links should be available in
one click where the Dolly text is at. And with a minimum of common sense, he
would have suggested to make the three links available from the blog when
the user is logged in, near the link to the admin menu.

That said, Gabriel arguably isn't too bad at self promotion and public

My $.02.

Denis de Bernardy

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com 
> [mailto:wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of 
> David House
> Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 6:08 PM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] 1.5.2 or on to 1.6?
> On 5/23/05, Ron Guerin <ron at vnetworx.net> wrote:
> > Having read that piece, there was a lot of questionable advice in 
> > there. I hope the intent isn't to implement it all just because it 
> > came from someone claiming to be an expert.
> Of course not. 'Work on' is not the same thing as 'Implement 
> unquestionably'.
> But don't discount the feedback. The admin interface has a 
> lot of possible improvements, and just because someone points 
> them out doesn't mean we should shoot the messenger down. 
> That isn't going to help anyone. Of course, I don't agree 
> with everything in there, but things like replacing the 
> numerical user-level system with brief descriptions sounds 
> like a good idea.
> -- 
> -David House, dmhouse at gmail.com, http://xmouse.ithium.net 
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