Back in January, we had a week-long internal "make-a-thon" where a bunch of people across the company got into teams, did some brainstorming, and worked to improve various parts of our UI. Bonus if they had something to do with moderator or power user tools. One of those teams took on the Tag Synonyms dashboard. It's not a page that sees a lot of traffic, all things considered, and so it hasn't received much attention of the years since its creation.
But wait, you say. January? It's June now. Well... as always, a bunch of things got in the way. Still, it's been my job over the last little while to take their work and get it the last little bit over the hump to the finish line.
The first phase of this is ready for deployment. We're going from this:
In a sense, this is largely a facelift, but we've put thought into a few UX bits here:
- The "synonym" and "target" columns are reversed now, so the table can be read from left to right;
- instead of sub-tabs, we have an actual sortable table;
- actions available to moderators are cued by a button, not showing up out of nowhere on hover.
We also added a way to vote on the synonyms directly from the Pending Approval tab:
All in all, there should be no functional regressions while the whole page fits better into our current site design. I'm still working on a few other things here (such as creating modal-based workflows for tag merging and synonym creation), but I wanted to ship this first set of changes because, well, I think it looks pretty damn neat and I'm stoked to get it out in front of folks. Plus there's some tech debt that needs to be paid down before the other features can be rolled out and delaying what's ready now for the sake of addressing it feels wrong.
What do y'all think? Feel free to post your feedback as an answer to this question.
Update: a modal-based tag merge workflow is live. Tag synonyms can now be merged with the target tag directly from the dashboard.