[Foundation-l] Usability: Is our vocabulary SNAFU?

Ziko van Dijk zvandijk at googlemail.com
Tue Dec 9 14:55:01 UTC 2008

About usability: I believe that one significant barrier for new Wikimedians
is the jargon in the Wikimedia projects, mostly in discussions, but also in
help pages:
* Expressions from computer science: IP, bug, URL
* Expressions from the Open Source movement: fork, stable version
* Expressions from the net culture: imho, :D, lol, @ (directed to a person
in a discussion)
* For non native speakers of English: SNAFU, dude

Jargon (sometimes specialist's language) cannot be totally avoided, and it
is good for community cohesion. But it would be a good step towards
usability thinking before using jargon: is it really necessary here, is it
comprehensive to everybody, even if "help:glossary" mentions it?

Ziko van Dijk

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