Hopefully we can get more comments in general but I'm going to sleep on
this and try and respond tomorrow. I'm really worried that there is no good
way to do this without making it really confusing ... but trying to come up
with a good alternative. The only option I've come up with so far is
a separated out 'repair' type option for people having issues (especially
if it's just one button).
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On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM, Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) <
Dear designers and other stakeholders,
Your input on the following please. If at all possible, please use the
bug -- https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/43960
-- for feedback.
preferences starting with "userjs-". They are currently in no way exposed
in the user interface. The bug requests "Arbitrary userjs- preferences
should be shown in the GUI, with the possibility of clearing them
contains a patch set by Tyler
that "adds two new buttons to the reset form of Special:Preferences that
allow users to reset only registered site settings or only userjs- custom
settings. The main reset button still resets all settings as it has always
We know that our preferences can be very confusing. Adding two more
buttons to "do stuff to it" could potentially increase user confusion. I
have added Brandon, Munaf and Pau to this patch set as reviewers and I
added them as a CC to the bug.
Before we are going in a direction with our Special:Preferences that may
be contrary to where (a) Wikimedia's designers want to go, or (b) could
increase user confusion, I think it is wise to gather some opinions on this
issue, and possibly the wider issue of preferences, that James Forrester
at one point indicated he would be taking up as a project, but seems be
have stalled since then.
Thanks for your input!
(bottom comment states
"[..] we're waiting on availability of someone in Product (possibly me) to
work out a socialisation plan for informing the community of our intent to
significantly simplify preferences."
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