People confuse two "pencil" icons: edit the message and number of past revisions

(Anton) #1

In this topic I’m discussing the following icon:

A lot of people keep asking why can’t they edit their messages by clicking on the icon.
It is confusing especially if the “Edit” button under the message is hidden under the “…” button.
What’s more, its color is red, so it’s catching users eyes first, and then they try to click it for editing.

Should it probably be a a different icon? E.g. clock watch: :clock3:

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(Gerhard Schlager) #2

I think the pencil icon is fine. And clicking on opens the post’s history. That’s exactly what I expect as a user.

(Anton) #3

Sure. But not all users expect the same.
Some expect a pencil to let them “edit” something.

(Jeff Atwood) #4

In this case it is letting them view past edits, the edit is represented by the pencil. The number next to it is the cue.

(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #5

Though it’s not a big issue, I’ve been confused by this a few times myself. Font Awesome actually has a pretty suitable icon to help differentiate the two:

(Mittineague) #6

Personally, I like the tooltip info

Same icon true, but determining what it does seems easy enough


As I also was confused of this button I really like your idea.

(NomNuggetNom ) #8

I believe this is the icon used in a “wiki” post, or something like that. But I think it’d do great :grinning:

EDIT: Nevermind, I don’t think it is. This is a wiki post, look in the top right hand corner.

(Jeff Atwood) #9

You can now…

(Jeff Atwood) #10