On Saturday, February 26, 2005, at 01:58 PM, Thomas Gries wrote:
Wish to receive your proposals for a changed screen
- how would *you* arrange the screens
- proposal for the short text for such a link ? (diff-to-LVR)
is not neat enough
I like the current setup on Meta (why is it different than the setup on
en?); this link could be added in before the other two:
* (chng) (diff) (hist) . . m [[page name]]; ti:me . . [[User:]] ([[User
talk:]]) (edit summary)
I don't think it really matters what the short text is. Other than the
nipple, no interface is intuitive; "incomprehensible acronym" or not,
editors will learn what it does by clicking the link, as they have done
for every other feature of MediaWiki. A four character acronym would be
nice just for symmetry, that's why I chose "chng".
How will this affect server performance? My watchlist is refreshed half
a dozen times on a day that I'm not working on Wikipedia, ten times as
often on a day that I am. Even if you only store the read state for
items in the watchlist, and not all visited pages, that's still over
500 articles (for me).
Those reservations aside, I am in favor of this feature, especially if
it is opt-in by the users. I read a forum that stores read states on
every thread, and it makes a world of difference in usability.