4

It's no secret that new users have trouble formatting their code as code, i.e. indenting it with four spaces. I think the terse help text off to the right could be improved a bit, but even if that were to happen, most people probably won't read it anyway.

Recently I have come to notice that even active users don't know about the "101010 button" in the toolbar though. Most recent example: zerkms, a near-10k'er.

"oh, I never "seen" that 101010 button and always formatted all sources manually here or in my notepad :-S"

"It was a lot of pain to format sql in pony-style with millions presses of space button. Btw, I've seen it is a button but haven't idea what is it for and did not want to discover it. Meanwhile I've used link, quote, and picture buttons a lot of times. :-)"

I think the visibility/discoverability of the toolbar (buttons) may need to be enhanced, and/or a more visible introduction should be provided for newbies. Of course I realize this can only go so far, and especially on a site for programmers, users are expected to bring a bit curiosity and sense for discovery with them...
Just my 1.68 ¥.

  • PS, unrelated bug discovered on same page: Inline text highlighting doesn't work with a trailing interrobang... "Even _you_‽" ;) – deceze Nov 29 '10 at 6:08
  • please do not abuse the <kbd> formatting style; I will pull the CSS for it (again) if I see it happening – Jeff Atwood Nov 29 '10 at 7:04
  • 3
    @Jeff But... but... it looks like a button! :o) – deceze Nov 29 '10 at 8:19
  • Related: Change icon of Code Sample button -- the label has changed from 101010 to { }. – Arjan Dec 18 '10 at 15:57
4

I think the visibility/discoverability of the toolbar (buttons) may need to be enhanced

I don't see how we could do that without damaging the experience for everyone else.

and/or a more visible introduction should be provided for newbies.

this violates the first law of the universe: Users Don't Read.

  • sigh I agree... What about providing a "Format your code by indenting it!" comment preset and a screenshot of the toolbar with arrows on the editing help page at least? I guess I'm just tired of writing the same comment again and again. – deceze Nov 29 '10 at 8:26
  • Now it's status-completed, but where can I see the improved button? – Thomas Bonini Dec 18 '10 at 21:21
  • @kop on any trilogy site but you may need to hard-refresh for the next few days -- we set a far-forward expiration of at least 7 days on static content – Jeff Atwood Dec 18 '10 at 21:39

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .