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I would like to see some developers enhanced so that when they do some/anything to a page, they either note and sign a change or click on the "Minor change - do not notify" box. I won't name names (RichardDonkin), but I keep seeing all these updated pages from months ago and when I go look the last sig is from months ago, yet it's got a new date in the changes page!

Would you like a little whine with that dog sir?


-- DavidLeBlanc - 27 Mar 2002

Very funny smile This is the same problem as MikeMannix had a few months ago - mass updates to the status of TWiki pages (e.g. setting bugs to fixed) show up like other more substantial changes in the WebChanges list, but they are quite important 'housekeeping'. I think he started using the TWikiAdmin userid, maybe I should get the password from him and use that?

You can always just click the date link in WebChanges to see the most recent changes to a topic, of course.

I must remember to click the Minor Changes box, though ... Such changes are quite time consuming for the person doing them, so my tendency is to just change the fields and hit Preview/Save as quickly as possible, often forgetting the Minor Changes checkbox smile ... I do often put in a comment saying 'fixed in alpha' or whatever, but not always. Of course, if someone else put in these comments for me a few times, I might get the hint!

It would help if there was a Save-without-preview (to speed this up when SourceForge is slow) and if the 'minor changes' box was right on the Edit screen - having it in Preview is too late IMO.

TWiki is having some problems handling HandlingVolumeOfUpdates at present - this is probably best seen as an opportunity to improve its features for filtering and prioritisation, though!

-- RichardDonkin - 28 Mar 2002

In the KoalaSkin I added a button Quietsave that saves without notify in one click. Having to check or unchek a box before clicking a button is not very user-friendly and is forgotten too easily... (and I added also "Checkpoint" so we dont have to use the "release edit lock" checkbox either).

See a screenshot of its edit view.

-- ColasNahaboo - 28 Mar 2002

Another good reason to use KoalaSkin!! Quietsave would definitely help on TWiki.org. In fact, given these buttons I think you could remove the checkboxes for minor changes and release lock, simplifying the UI.

See HelpTextInEditPage for another usability idea, inspired by KoalaSkin and some other Wikis.

-- RichardDonkin - 28 Mar 2002

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