“Mixing in “oops you gotta log in” isn’t really relevant is it?”
In this specific scenario/use-case it was, since trying to edit the post by double-clicking without knowing the need for login was a total waste of time (Besides knowing double-click wouldn’t take her where she wanted, if it was clearer that to edit the post the user needs to login, it would save her some time). Now a question raising is: Should this be the wiki-post creator responsability and inform the user on what they need (example, adding a line on top of wiki-post saying: to edit this please make sure you are registered) to be able to edit this post, or should discourse serve this built-in ? I think that the second option would be the most lean on the long-term
I don’t think “double click to edit” makes any sense at all. I am not aware of any place in Windows where that works. Also, how do you double click on a touchscreen?
I wonder if you are using irony on this . If so, pleas make it explicit.
She did it, so some sense it must have had to her. Also, she is running X, not Windows.
I believe its the “double-click to open” syndrome. When using a Window-system, double-click is quite common use for opening files to edit.
As for touchscreens (which I’m not sure if they are the most common media to access forums),
maybe if a wiki-post owner could have some inline option to create a link for the user to edit the post on that specific spot could work?
The wiki indicator is intentionally subtle, because wiki itself is a fairly rare state.
What makes you say it is rare? In which context is it rare?
Even acknowledging it may be rare in that context you are referring to, if the feature exists, how can the subtle be more intuitive to anyone who wants to edit that page ?
A giant screaming EDIT ME printed in 50 point blinking text superimposed over the post doesn’t seem warranted.
Not warranted at all. Blink tag was deprecated for some reason: Blink element - Wikipedia
Answer me this: how many people that end up on a Wikipedia page, end up editing that page? Maybe .001%? Less?"
Good question: Not so easy to answer though…A place where it may be possible to have an answer may be Wikipedia Statistics - Site map. Not so readable though.
Also, I don’t find Wikipedia so usable in what comes to editing content. And to add to that, chatting with moderators was definitely not intuitive the last time I was there. Discourse makes that way easier with name tags and reply to specific posts. Maybe Discourse could integrate with Wikipedia (wonder if you have thought of that?)
Some CMS text-editors do it by highlighting the container border and placing a clickable text on one of the corners (something like “Click to Edit” or just “Edit”).
By browsing I also found html5 contentEditable attribute: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml5_global_contenteditable
and a way to save changes: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/html5-editable-content/
I wonder if anything like this could be made available for wiki posts ?
Also, we already added a much clearer “edit this” button to the revisions dialog, so once you get there you should be golden.
Pardon my ignorance, what is the “revisions dialog” ?