This is really cool, congrats for doing this!

When the dust settles, I would recommend that you consider a notification inviting new users to take tours like these.

I wish I had had a tool like this when I was just getting started, and would have welcomed a notification a week or two after I registered to invite me to check it out.

I personally would be have enjoyed a few extra steps showing me other editing features on a page, besides the two you have in this tour.

My 2 cents,


On Sep 19, 2013, at 4:39 PM, Dario Taraborelli wrote:

This is awesome, two short comments on the copy:

Click the "Edit beta" button (without the superscript) sounds a bit clunky, what if we just said click the "Edit" button (the guider is already pointing at the right tab). Wouldn't this also be problematic for those languages not using the "beta" label, like the Swedish WIkipedia example you just shared?

Showing a "You're almost done" message right after I click the edit button confuses me as it seems to suggest that I don't actually need to modify the content.

other than this, I'm very excited about new guiders and I can't wait to see them live when the new GS goes in production.


On Sep 19, 2013, at 4:17 PM, Steven Walling <> wrote:

As promised,[1] today we deployed a guided tour that shows new users how to make their first edit using VisualEditor. This tour is a complement to the similar one we created, which shows users how to use the basic functions of the wikitext editor. 

Append ?tour=firsteditve to any article URL (where guided tours are available) to see it in action, like or

There are some bugs to iron out (like and translations are partially complete at best, but this is one more step toward finalizing the GettingStarted onboarding experience for newly-registered editors, and rolling out across language editions of Wikipedia. For reference, this is one of the tours we will be delivering to basically all new editors in our next A/B test of GettingStarted.[2]


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