|On Wednesday, February 20th 2008 10:35 am, Ryan wrote: |
|If you start removing the editable links on the guide pages then we're just making the process of adding information take more steps, and to someone who is either fairly new to the site or new to contributing it may seem a bit confusing if the links are not readily available.|
I understand wanting to make the guide look good from an editor's perspective, and having all those empty on each episode, but it's really for the good of the site if they remain. However, the writers/directors being a choice to appear or not makes a lot more sense to me.
Hmmm. I'll don't agree with this philosophy. I think most people are smart enough to learn the site's interface. Sure, there are a couple of things that still throw me from time to time, but it isn't that
difficult to use the site.
It seems to me that for edited shows (those with an editor), one could turn these sections off for specific episodes. It's not that hard to send a PM to the editor, is it? One could even put a link at the bottom of the episode along the lines of "Want to make a contribution but don't see the category here? Contact the editor." and the second sentence would be a hyperlink to PM the editor.
If you're concerned about making the site accessible to new users, there are some existing consistency issues that should probably be addressed - like the fact that you can't suggest deleting a news item unless you PM the editor or contact the staff in these forums. There are some other things like that I've noticed from time to time but don't remember off the top of my head - but they all fall under the general rubric of "consistency." Consistent interfaces have far less steep learning curves...