Editor powers and prominence of the buttons
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This is really a question to TMW and high rep users. Do you find our special buttons to be overwhelming and scary. There are so many now and they are so prominent. I am worried that I will do things accidentally.
Thanks to Randy Souza I now know doing things accidentally is a two step process, but the buttons are still "overwhelming".
In response to Kent Millard's comment, what about collapsing the buttons into a drop down list with additional items being added as you get the power. It would make initiating the task a little harder, which I wouldn't mind, and it would take up less space.
Randy Souza on 28 Jun 2012
Edited: Randy Souza on 28 Jun 2012
Clicking "Flag", "Edit", "Close", or "Delete" will open a dialog box asking either for more information or for confirmation, so please feel free to explore.
"Vote" is an exception to this rule, but you can remove your vote by clicking it a second time (though accidental votes do still give reputation to the person who you voted for).
Walter Roberson on 28 Jun 2012
For me the primary gotcha will be the Flag button's closeness to the Edit button. Fortunately Flag requires a confirmation. I expect that I will probably be using Edit a lot more than Flag.
I understand why Flag is where it is: everyone with more than a small reputation will have access to the Flag button for every post, but the other buttons appear much more selectively for most people. But understanding doesn't mean that I don't find the positioning annoying ;-)
A principle that I use in the layout of button groups that have no "natural" order, is that the most commonly employed button should be at the top, and the second most commonly employed button should be at the bottom. Humans position faster if what they use frequently are at the beginning and ends of groupings, because positions in the middle of groupings require more mental checking (e.g., reading) that one is at the proper middle location.
Wayne King on 28 Jun 2012
Hi Daniel, Wasn't it Spiderman's uncle (Ben Parker) who so wisely said: "With great power comes great responsibility" :)
Jan on 28 Jun 2012
Me too. Especially if the latency in this forum causes long delays after I've clicked on a button. Sometimes I click again after 5 seconds to test if I have accidently click outside the area, but I'm afraid that I could confirm an unintended deleting. Therefore I click on a button, and when nothing happens after 5 seconds, I swicth to another page at first and try to solve the problem later.
Image Analyst on 29 Jun 2012
All editor icons don't bother me at all. I guess after seeing complicated cluttered web pages for 18 years, I'm used to seeing a lot of stuff and being able to ignore the irrelevant and homing in on the relevant.