[WikiEN-l] Reverting without reading - another example

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Oct 26 20:06:55 UTC 2006

Mark Wagner wrote:

>On 10/26/06, Delirium <delirium at hackish.org> wrote:
>>I don't expect them to "know all our rules and policies", but I *do*
>>expect them to read the text "edit summary" (conveniently placed right
>>next to the "save" button) and deduce that that's where they should
>>place a summary of their edit.
>Perhaps you should read up on human perception.  There have been
>numerous studies showing that people just don't see things that aren't
>part of the task at hand, no matter how obvious they are.
>The only parts of the user interface that the average new editor sees
>are the big edit field and the "save page" button.  All the rest of it
>is quite literally invisible, and there is nothing we can do to change
>that: any text we add will be similarly invisible.
Taking this one step further.  The average person who visits to read 
some article can remain completely unaware of "Edit this page".


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