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RFC: VisualEditor launch issues[edit]

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This is an RFC regarding the issues surrounding the deployment of VisualEditor. Gigs (talk) 17:03, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

0: Original non-neutral RFC summary[edit]

VisualEditor is a clever idea for the Wikimedia, but the software is buggy, slow, and not likely to be fixed anytime soon.

As such, it would seem that we, as a community, should discuss how to move forwards. Now, according to Wikipedia:VisualEditor/FAQ, we do not have the right to force them to turn VisualEditor off, but I think that they would be insane, should the community show strong reaction against it, to not at least take the concerns on board.

So, below, are several points to vote on. Please Support or Oppose each point. Feel free to add new points at the bottom. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As a point of order, the instructions at WP:RFC include: "Include a brief, neutral statement of the issue in the talk page section...." Do you think that "the software is buggy, slow, and not likely to be fixed anytime soon" is neutral? In fact, I daresay not only is it not neutral, it's blatantly untrue - bug fixes are pushing out almost every day. I understand your frustration, but proceeding with this RFC, launched under this condition, will not end well for anyone. There is no way that a process which is poisoned by a lack of the fundamental desire for neutrality and fair dealing will result in a neutral, fair outcome. Through your language on this RFC, you have contaminated it and prevented it from doing the good that it could have done. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 02:55, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
May I point out that "slow" is listed as known problems on Wikipedia:VisualEditor#About_the_VisualEditor; VisualEditor changing markup has its own tag, which is still catching edits, such as [1], and if you really believe all the bugs are going to be sorted out soon, why didn't you beta it with a set of volunteers, sort out the bugs, then launch it? It frankly seems you're trying to preemptively make excuses to ignore user feedback. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:13, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Why didn't we beta it with a set of volunteers, sort the bugs, and then launch it? Adam, we had a 6 month test that included hundreds of volunteers. We sorted the bugs that we knew about. I note that you didn't make any edits using VE during that period - fair enough, nobody's required to - but please don't suggest that we didn't listen to input then or now. (In fact, it appears that you STILL haven't made any edits using VisualEditor?) Our engineering team has squashed 155 bugs since the beginning of the A/B test. That sounds pretty feedback receptive to me. I'm not making excuses, because absolutely we wish things had run differently, but c'mon... Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 03:54, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was one of those volunteers back in May, but I gave up testing after my bug reports were being auto archived without comment. We are not in this mess because the volunteers failed to spot bugs that subsequently came up in the rollout. We are here because someone decided to stick to a schedule rather than first sort the bugs that were reported in user testing. If it was true that fault lay with us testers for not finding problems then the community would be responding very differently. If the bugs that came up when I was just typo fixing had been fixed then I would have gone on to test VE with more complex edits like adding a reference or an image. But when I saw at least four of my bug reports going into the archive without comment there didn't seem much point testing it further - I was shocked and disappointed that this was deployed despite not sorting the bugs that they knew about if they were paying attention to the feedback from the testing. ϢereSpielChequers 06:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I looked into the given link. At least one of them does seem to have a response. And if you look at the current state of the VE, you might find a refreshing change. To my way of thinking, a great deal of fixing has been done since deployment and is vastly improved within a few days. First impressions are difficult to get rid of, but I would urge you to give it a fresh look. As I have stated below, the way things are going, I see no need for this RFC.OrangesRyellow (talk) 14:54, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes one of them had a response - though I think from a fellow tester rather than a developer, but that's why I said I saw "at least four of my bug reports going into the archive without comment". If that hadn't had a response I'd have said "all" rather than "at least four of". But tonight I've taken up your suggestion to test it again and see if it has improved since May. It is still much slower, it still shows the edit summary box in an excessively small font, it still randomly removes bits of code that I didn't want it to remove and the edit summary box still doesn't have predictive text using your previous edit summaries. Now I appreciate that one of those is a planned degrade in functionality rather than a bug per se. But at least two of those problems have now been known for at least 8 weeks. OK I'm willing to accept for the sake of argument that there have probably been other bugs fixed in the last 8 weeks. But it still doesn't look to me like it is ready to move beyond beta testing, let alone be deployed live on our largest wiki. As it is at the moment, how are we supposed to differentiate between a vandal deliberately removing random bits of the article and goodfaith newbies trying to edit with the visual editor? ϢereSpielChequers 22:48, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Talk about leading question... -- KTC (talk) 09:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My view of VE is that it is a superior platform. To be fair, most people, including yourself seem to agree on that. It think of the present state of VE to be like a superior engine which needs some tuning and polishing out of some rough edges. Most of the rough edges seem to have been polished out or are being polished out as we speak. For example, the random removal of stub template code [2] bug seems to have been fixed now [3]. It does not seem buggy anymore. My main gripe with the VE is that the referencing technique still seems to be comparatively cumbersome. It was much worse 2-3 days ago; is still not up to my liking. But that would be merely a "tuning" problem, and tuning it to the community's tastes, polishing out of rough edges cannot be done without deployment. So, I think the deployment decision was correct. The referencing, even in its current form, is superior in some ways. For example, while reusing a ref, there is a search box which makes it very easy to find and reuse a ref. I expect the overall referencing experience to become superior to source editor in a few days. That done, I think it should be ideal for mid level users like me, and more importantly, for new users, for whom it is primarily intended. Best.OrangesRyellow (talk) 05:29, 20 July 2013 (UTC) Somehow, the small font in edit summary box did not seem like a problem to me. Maybe we have different screen resolutions. The edit summary box looked superior to me because it shows the whole of the summary, and also shows the number of remaining allowed characters. I guess, with most bugs getting fixed, sorting out test results from newbies and vandalisms would be less of a problem. Overall, I think our falling ed numbers is a critical problem, and with a bit more tuning in the referencing sector, the VE will be a great help in turning that decline.OrangesRyellow (talk) 06:06, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

1. VisualEditor is a good idea in theory[edit]

Having a working VisualEditor will greatly improve Wikipedia's usability. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support (good)[edit]

  1. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. ϢereSpielChequers 23:28, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Diannaa (talk) 23:32, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. doktorb wordsdeeds 23:52, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Thryduulf (talk) 23:57, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Patrick87 (talk) 00:06, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Carrite (talk) 00:10, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 00:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Kumioko (talk) 00:23, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Mega dittoes.  ;-) TCO (talk) 01:04, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. ΛΧΣ21 01:06, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. MER-C 01:21, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. --Jayron32 01:41, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. - MrX 02:13, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. - Robert McClenon (talk) 02:14, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. - Anything providing a path for Wiki newbies to become functional long-term editors that will help break up too many overbearing existing editing cabals is defined as double-plus good in principle. Scarletsmith (talk) 06:49, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. GiantSnowman 08:10, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. I've always dreamed about a transparent editor for MediaWiki. Even though I probably wouldn't use it myself it's clear it would lower the barrier to participation for less technically minded folks. —Psychonaut (talk) 08:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Of vast importance. - David Gerard (talk) 11:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. May as well state the obvious here. — This, that and the other (talk) 12:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. Bidgee (talk) 13:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 14:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. We are just used to the arcane code interface that we have now. It's a good thing to have when doing complex things. It's terrible for a lot of simple tasks. Simple tasks should be easy and hard tasks should be possible. VE gives us an opportunity to work toward that ideal. Gigs (talk) 14:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:51, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27.  Sandstein  14:52, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  28. Strong Support per Gigs. Double sharp (talk) 15:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  29. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 16:28, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  30. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:26, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  31. I don't know about "greatly", but it seems like it could help some new people get into editing. Everyking (talk) 22:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  32. Yes. We need new editors, and it's pretty well established the markup is a barrier. --LukeSurl t c 00:23, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  33. Materialscientist (talk) 08:14, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  34. Important point to emphasize. NW (Talk) 16:40, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  35. It's likely that a good editor could be written, provided that it had local escapes. Almost all TeX WYSIWYG editors have "show code" buttons within the editor. However, this one doesn't seem to be on the right track. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:21, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  36. —Love, Kelvinsong talk 23:15, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  37. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:53, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  38. In principle, a great idea that should make it easier for new editors. Not there yet, by any means. Anaxial (talk) 18:00, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  39. Yes but needs work before it launches fully Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 12:15, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  40. A good idea in theory, like most political ideologies and other paving stones on the road to Hell. Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (talk) 13:03, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  41. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  42. A brilliant idea, a shame that I can't edit this page with VE! LiquidWater 18:21, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  43. Having a complete (and completely optional) VisualEditor would be an amazing boost in efforts to recruit new editors. 18:47, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
  44. Lankiveil (speak to me) 11:36, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  45. ¿3family6 contribs 13:03, 16 July 2013 (UTC) Once the Visual Editor can accommodate tables and templates, I plan to use it almost exclusively.Reply[reply]
  46. I love this editor. I need to use it for a while to see what I think could be improved, but definitely in the right direction. I'm sad to hear all the negative reaction. I have thought for many years that a simple input like this would encourage me (and many other people) to contribute to wikipedia far more often. Chogg (talk) 20:02, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  47. This is a requirement for new users given the complex that wikicode has become. I would prefer a semantic rather than a visual editor, thoug; but this tool has the potential to become exactly that. Diego (talk) 17:11, 18 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  48. Scott talk 20:47, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  49. Support, if we are discussing new editors. Even what I consider simple basic coding can be observed to be a barrier for many people, and that most very active people now here prefer to edit html-like material in html is not a basis for saying otherwise--if we weren't comfortable with the editing environment we wouldn't have become the very active users. For doing anything even moderately complicated, it remains a good idea -- the current implementation is impossibly slow, and cannot be counted on to produce code that does not need manual fixing. DGG ( talk ) 21:19, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  50. Support—but IMO "working" means fast, safe and with great support for adding citations. - Pointillist (talk) 21:42, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  51. Absolutely a good idea in theory. Potential editors who haven't already figured out how to edit source probably never will. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 00:33, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  52. No doubt on that. But the practical/technical side is the hardest one. Honestly, I think Mediawiki should change its core rather than try to add alpha tools. --Lucas (talk) 00:49, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  53. ·addshore· talk to me! 12:04, 21 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  54. Of course it is! But everything needs its own time to grow. --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  55. Cander0000 (talk) 07:51, 24 July 2013 (UTC) you could actually leave off the 'in theory'. pretty much every major market general purpose computing product has followed this vector to some degree.Reply[reply]
  56. PhnomPencil (talk) 10:02, 24 July 2013 (UTC) Yes, it's key to increasing editors.Reply[reply]
  57. Doh. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 21:33, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  58. If it were done well, it would be an immensely important step forward for our project. It is the premature implementation and aggressive failure to listen from the project management, not the concept itself, that's the problem. Seraphimblade Talk to me 04:28, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  59. Obviously. Though, it'll be incremental. The real reason behind the 2007 crash is the hideous reception new editors get here. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 00:16, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  60. Document editing without a WYSIWYG editor cuts out an enormous number of potential contributors, particularly occasional ones. There's a reason every modern system has one. LaTeX is still used, as a matter of tradition, but is over four decades old now. Dcoetzee 02:22, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  61. Sure, why not. Gryllida 08:09, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  62. Quadell (talk) 15:41, 9 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (good)[edit]

  1. It will make it more usable for some users. Wiki markup is pretty simple, so I don't think anything at the markup level can "greatly" improve usability.—Kww(talk) 01:06, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Oppose as expensive extravagance: It would be great, when VE is debugged during the next 3 years, for editing "vertical Chinese" but the world has shifted to linear text, where Chinese hanzi (kanji) characters can be mixed horizontally with Latin-alphabet words (see: zh:AAA). However, the danger of edit-conflict in VE, to lose all the tedious keystrokes is too great a psychological scar for new users. Meanwhile, WP is maintained by a core group of 9,000 power-users who rewrite articles, because "crowd sourcing" of text is called a blog. Instead of burning resources on VE for 3 years, we need auto-merging of wp:Edit_conflict insertions such as multiple replies stacked in LIFO order (last-in, first-out), where a 2nd insertion at the same line number would be above any new "===Section===" inserted by a prior editor. We need quick revisions which read-lock the page, so that 2 quick edits do not overwrite each other. We need to expand the wikitext-editor screen to list other recent revisions being stored (by other users) while someone edit-previews the same page. We need web-links "[http:__]" to not auto-append "/" after the URL. We need templates to set parameters, {{#set:x|45}} to store values which could make templates run 10x-40x times faster. We need to raise the wp:Expansion depth limit from 41/40 to 50 or 80 levels of nested template if-elses. The fact that those important changes have not happened after 10 years(!), shows that wp:Bugzilla discussions are ineffective at sorting priorities, and we need a major organizational change, such as a wp:PROPS#User Council to emphasize important software changes, not extravagance which helps rare users point-and-click one time. Focus on the 9,000 power users, not forcing buggy software on the 100,000 60,000 who scribble in one edit per month. -Wikid77 (talk) 11:39/16:01, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    That's actually not true. Power users make around 40 percent of contributions. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 12:17, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    See note below: "Beware myth of WP written by passing strangers who never returned". Power users (8%) make 87% of edits. -Wikid77 16:08, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It's been years since I looked at this, but my recollection is that very active contributors are responsible for a substantially larger fraction of article space content (measured in character counts) than would be suggested even by the fraction of article space edits they create. Dragons flight (talk) 14:46, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. I like the old system. Easy to move a page to your text editor (e.g. vi ;-)  Klaas|Z4␟V:  14:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. It is not a "good" idea, just an average one. If it was implemented flawlessly, it could have some use - for example, it could be somewhat easier to position and size images... Or to edit individual infobox fields... But its importance is so low that I don't think calling it a "good" idea is correct... And, of course, flawless implementation would use the visual editor to supplement source code editing, not replace it... Also, all the talk about visual editor attracting many new editors looks rather suspiciously unsupported... --Martynas Patasius (talk) 19:40, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. I still think that the traditional technique of editing Wiki markup is superior even for newbies. The reason for this is that you can see how others are formatting the text. Using the Visual Editor, you see only the results but not how others achieved that. In case of Wiki markup, you can learn by reading other people's Wiki markup. Every beginner adding his voice in a list like this, will, for example, grasp immediately the meaning of the hash at the beginning of a line. --AFBorchert (talk) 07:59, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Oppose. WYSIWYG are deprecated in many areas of technical writing, particularly in the mathematical sciences, where most editors use LaTeX (although some use a visual interface). The current markup language supports abstraction through templates, which can be nested, etc.; WYSIWYG editors with point-and-click interfaces overwhelm editors with too many choices and are terrible at nesting structures. Most users need very basic editing, and anybody who cannot fix a typo with the current editor likely should not be editing an encyclopedia. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:29, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. --Shadak (talk) 14:16, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Extended content
  • Beware myth of WP written by passing strangers who never returned: It has been a pervasive, misleading myth that Wikipedia was somehow written by passing strangers who added massive content and never returned to edit again. Some can be attributed to people who often change usernames or use rotating dynamic IP addresses. However, such myths of strangers writing polished articles are alluring, such as saying, "Einstein flunked out of math class" (not true), when the reality is that Einstein quit secondary school to enter college, directly, but at first failed the entrance exam, until tutored, to pass the re-test. Then Einstein worked with major leaders in theoretical physics, when developing the Special Theory of Relativity. As for WP editing, many articles have been created, in coordinated sets, by wp:WikiProjects, such as 12,500 articles from the Catholic Encyclopedia or 22,272 articles from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, and over 210,000 articles (5% of WP pages) have been created by just 10 users (see "50 recently active wikipedians" in stats-EN). The overall monthly editor-activity statistics follow the typical patterns for a large population of users, such as the 80/20 Rule, but more like 90/10 (meaning 90% of edits are made by 10% of users), where statistics for May 2013 (stats-EN) confirm 8% of users (9,491) made ~87% of edits (2.8 million of 3.2M), which includes Bot edits (because strangers are not running Bots). Likewise, the top 17% made 93% of edits. Then, consider how the 87% of edits, by power users, also include clever edits to run templates and match style guidelines, which most strangers would be unlikely to do. Hence, note the power users make ~87% of edits and most of the rewrites to match format guidelines and template features. The idea of a WP written mainly by one-edit users is just a misleading myth, which ignores the real difficulties of writing sourced, formatted text. The power users are the ones who would most use better software, in 87% of all edits each month. -Wikid77 (talk) 16:01, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    "Contribution" and "edit" are not the same. In my volunteer capacity, I've made thousands of edits in articles that didn't contribute a single character. Undoing someone else's good-faith contribution is "an edit", but it does not result in articles getting written. Ditto for formatting fixes, minor edits, spelling changes, adding categories, spam removal, creating redirects, and all of the other things that wikignomes and other high-volume editors do. For example, your most recent mainspace contribution was yesterday, and, as seems fairly typical for your edits, it is "an edit" but it did not create any new content. I suggest that you start reading here with some of the research done by Aaron Swartz. It might help you understand the difference between "writing an article" and "making edits". Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:09, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Indeed. @Wikid77:, aaronsw's numbers are old, but they have the virtue of actually being numbers, rather than conjecture from first principles. It would be interesting to see his numbers run again for 2013, then we would have something new on the matter of considerable importance - David Gerard (talk) 21:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    No, Aaron's numbers are wrong (or at least they stopped being true). By the time I did similar analysis around 2009 or 2010, the balance of characters contributed to articles was definitely in favor of the highly active contributors rather than drive-by editors. My recollection is that around 20% of retained content was created by drive-bys (anons and users who edited briefly and disappeared), around 30% came from infrequent contributors (i.e. users with a slow pattern of edits over an extended time), and about 50% of article content had been contributed by highly active editors (i.e. users contributing many edits per month for many months). I don't think any of these groups should be highly favored over the others, but the volume of content added by the highly active editors was definitely larger than by the drive-by group. Depending on how one draws the lines and how one describes the infrequent but persistent contributors, I suppose one might choose to describe the patterns somewhat differently, but if the thesis is that Wikipedia's article content comes primarily from users that edit only in passing, then I believe that is simply false. Dragons flight (talk) 21:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I'd love to see current numbers, because Aaron's work is old. I think, however, that Wikid's thesis is essentially that Cydebot is writing articles when it does category maintenance, and that is clearly wrong.
    Was your methodology similar to Aaron's, or were you just counting the number of edits made? (Perhaps you'll follow up with me elsewhere; User talk:WhatamIdoing is a good place to find me.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 22:39, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Beware undersized samples of a 4.2-million-page website: As part of my extensive analysis of article content, I quickly realized that many thousands of articles are needed to judge content contributions, and his numbers reflected smaller samples, too small at the time. Jimbo has emphasized similar needs to check very large samples, in his years of discussing thousands of articles. I have decades of experience in this area: as a college senior, I wrote a computer simulation of automobiles queued at gas/petrol pumps, and used the recommended large sample size. However, when my stochastic modelling run finished (which passed a "test for randomness"), I concluded, "Random numbers prefer unleaded gasoline" and my college professor promptly smiled and corrected that if I had time (as a busy student in 5 courses) to run more large samples, then I would see the preference for unleaded gas as an artefact of the particular run of random numbers tied to the seed (calculated by: multiplicative congruential generator, MCG), and common sense applies. For WP contributions, the sanity test is to consider the impact of power-users making 90% of edits every month, as most likely to influence the contents of articles, compared to the 10% other edits. As for my personal edits, my major contributions have been in creating hundreds of articles, but also a *thousand* carefully crafted templates (hundreds deleted now), including Template:Convert/spell to display a measurement conversion in words, or Template:Autocol to auto-number items in dynamic multiple columns, or Template:Tracklist/custom to add the total runtimes of album songs, etc. However, I also understand the impact of veteran editors who create no templates but many thousands of articles, which others rarely expand much, and also consider hundreds of deleted articles as part of those contributions. Instead, it might be true that newcomers provide more photos than regular editors, but most article text originates from veteran editors. All the factors confirm those findings, as a web of knowledge mutually supporting the same conclusions. Many IP authors are not 2-day newcomers, but rather the same people re-editing similar articles with different IP addresses. The appearance as newcomers was a strong illusion, which bolstered the myth. -Wikid77 (talk) 22:53, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. Oppose. I wish I'd known about the proposal for VE earlier, but I'm not a "power editor", just an occasional contributor and fixer of the odd typo. VE is a bad idea precisely because it makes it easier to edit Wikipedia regularly. My own view is that useful edits are more likely to be made by people who are at least smart enough to learn how to use the existing tools. The lower the hurdle, the more likely you are to get unhelpful edits. RomanSpa (talk) 20:59, 10 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Neutral (good)[edit]

  1. I've never been a fan of wisiwig editors, they never have the full power needed. Does any profesional actually use them for HTML/CSS? Why would we expect wikitext to be different?--Salix (talk): 00:40, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    We're not needing to create something for professionals, we're needing something for average folks who don't want to have to screw with WP markup language. The problem is, WMF has botched the job. Carrite (talk) 05:32, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    One thing you tend to get with visual editors is that then end up making verbose and messy html code which is hard to see in source. VE is better than most at producing clean source code, with a few exceptions. Messing with subscripts and italics niggles me as VE turns ''x''<sup>''n''</sup> in to ''x<sup>n</sup>'', worse is compressing template parameters all onto one line which makes it hard to read in source. VE has a particular problem is that the code produced needs to be read by power users so needs to try harder unlike the auto generated html which normally never reaches human eyes.--Salix (talk): 19:05, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I don't object to that VE change, although the semantics of italicizing as indicating a variable gets lost. What I do object to is the change of ''x''<sub>''i''0</sub> to ''x<sub>i</sub>''<sub>0</sub>, which is syntactically wrong. I don't even want to think about what it would do with ''x''<sub>''i''<sub>0</sub></sub>. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 19:16, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Of course "professionals" use WYSIWYG HTML editors. Sales of Adobe Dreamweaver depend on this fact. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:25, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    But WYSIWYG is only part of what Dreamweaver does: Is it possible that its less-experienced users take more advantage of its WYSIWYG features, while experienced professionals depend more on its hand-coding features? Dementia13 (talk) 12:16, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. To me, there's a lot to be said about a "technological barrier" to editing. If a good visual-type editor can be created, I don't oppose selected editors having access to it and that access be monitored (mabye after a certain number of edits, or an application process like WP:ADMIN). But to make it available to everyone can lead to a lot more problems than it can solve.--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Per Salix. Also, if you want to contribute something badly enough, you will learn how to do it. Consider people who we want to deter by making it harder for them to make their edits (e.g. by (semi-)protection, non-instant granting of autoconfirm, etc.) Are they not vandals? And why do those deterrents work? Because most of them lose interest when it isn't super-easy to do something. Most people who don't lose interest genuinely want to contribute productively, with only a few WoWs. Double sharp (talk) 15:26, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. I think in theory it is a good idea. The first time it loaded for me I was impressed at how easy and intuitive it seemed. (I haven't used it much so I dunno about bugs.) But good golly, it's awfully slow! It's so slow that I'd rather stick with regular editing at the moment. I couldn't really figure out where the best place to put this comment was so I added it here. AgnosticAphid talk 18:50, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Per Salix. (Maybe. For some low-tier values of "professional". Some of whom I've even collaborated with.) Per Aphid. (Inversely. The first time I saw it, gorge rose in my throat, seeking a release that I barely suppressed. But on second thought, VE still seems like a nice idea.). Per everyone and no one, I do like the idea of a friendly, organic editor that can instantly turn ones intentions into finished prose. But have never met one I felt was up to the task.--R.S. Peale (talk) 04:56, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Mixed feelings about it being a good thing, waiting for true statistics analysis when VE will be fixed for many of its bugs and the many enhancements suggested by volunteers here are taken into account. Current statistics seem bad for VE, but difficult to say if it's because VE is far from being ready for production, or if it's the concept that is bad. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 04:09, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. My attitude about the Visual Editor in general was sort of "Meh", as I really didn't care one way or another if it was developed, nor did I see the strong need for it to be developed in the first place. If somebody wants to knock themselves out and develop something like this, they have the freedom to do so but I really don't care. It becomes far more annoying when I'm forced into using that as the only editor though (see some discussions below). I strongly disagree that this was needed to make Wikipedia seem "professional" as that is a game which will never be won and has been the topic of debates on Wikipedia from day one (arguably even earlier with the Nupedia debates on the topic). I don't think a WYSIWYG editor is any better, it is just different. I've used plenty of both kinds of editors for decades now, and I find that the learning curve for both is just as steep if not steeper for a WYSIWYG editor as it is for a markup-language editor. --Robert Horning (talk) 14:13, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. I edit the way I do because I've taken the time and effort to learn the ins and outs of the editor. That's not because I'm "older" or "have been here longer", it's because I want to be effective. I learn the editor, consult WP:MOS, etc. You can make editing easier and more convenient, but that's not going to attract the people who care enough to make meaningful edits. It's going to attract the careless, drive-by sort of editing. A good editor has their references lined up and takes care to format them. This is a level of effort and commitment, and that's the kind of editor you need. That sort of editor will not likely be swayed by the presence or absence of a VE. It's not a bad thing to have, but it's not The Answer, as seems (desperately?) to be assumed. Dementia13 (talk) 12:16, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. I guess I'm just someone who finds it easier to comment on specifics than "in theory". I'm about mid-point between the views here in the neutral section, and the views that support "good in theory". I certainly accept that the idea of introducing VE came about entirely in good faith. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:07, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. In theory, yes; in practise, no. Such a tool would benefit many users, as long as it is developed and deployed with full input from the community and is truly optional at all stages of the process - something with the WMF seems unwilling to accommodate. Once it is 99% bug-free it can be rolled out to new users as default, but since a WYSIWIG editor can never be as fast and efficient as source code for someone who is fluent with the source code, it must never be the only option. Users should also be able to partially disable VE - making source the default for shortcuts and the like without hiding VE completely. I'd actually find that useful for some edits but I can't use it because the disable tool is a sledgehammer and I refuse to have it as my default - no matter how good a WYSIWIG tool gets, anything beyond simple text is still a lot easier to do in code. If source is ever disabled, I'd sooner edit through the API than VE. --W. D. Graham 13:59, 4 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (good)[edit]

  • VE was too confusing, slow, limited and fragile, almost a lemon product: Due to the danger of VisualEditor cratering on any wp:edit_conflict (even an erstwhile one-word change), it was too fragile and risky for open release to an unsuspecting public, many of whom edit high-traffic articles where edit-conflict is more likely. It was implicitly limited to pages where only one user would be likely to edit at a time, without a warning that usage in high-traffic pages could easily result in total loss of all changes, dropping all tedious keystrokes when anyone else changed the same page. Then, the slow speed (unwarned) would lure people into tedious edits, where a common reaction would be to think, "system is slow just now" and continue to burn time in the slow interface hoping for a "faster tomorrow" which never comes. As others have noted, most markup directives are not hard to learn, and for users who understand finding text on a page, then a typical Ctrl-F search for a word/number to change, using the wikitext editor, would be more likely to fix any text inside any template or table or image caption. Think objectively here: VE gives a slow update, where some/many items cannot be changed, and then risks almost certain edit-failure when editing high-traffic articles. VE is undoubtedly slower, limited, confusing and frustrating, and that is why I Oppose the WYSIWYG-editor concept for newcomers, because people who cannot handle simple markup '''bold''' are unlikely to easily learn click-icons to insert cite templates. I would predict that VE would be a net turn-off to newcomers, as too confusing, slow, limited and fragile, but response will be difficult to measure, due to monthly editor-activity swings of +/-6% in various months. Some jurisdictions have "lemon laws" to protect consumers from inherently faulty products, and perhaps more people understand why now. -Wikid77 (talk) 13:28, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I do note that VE screws up what I'm sure many have done at some point: copying and pasting the wikitext of an article into a text editor, then working on it offline. This is OK as long as wikitext is kept (and frankly, given the WMF's recent actions, I don't take their word for it that will be kept indefinitely.) Double sharp (talk) 13:59, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2. Buggy software should not become the default until it reaches a certain level of development.[edit]

Rushing forwards with a launch when critical bugs are still unfixed is not acceptable. Not undoing changes when severe bugs, such as the VisualEditor mangling the text of pages with <nowiki> tags, malformed links, and the like, are discovered is unacceptable. If this passes, the WMF is censured, and will be asked never to launch new features in this manner again. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support (buggy)[edit]

  1.  A m i t  ❤  04:50, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. If you're going to cram a shitty add-on down our throats, make sure the shitty add-on works at the least. Don't phone it in. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 23:39, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. I agree that there were too many large bugs and missing features at the roll out, I'm not sure I support the tone of this question and I certainly don't support Jeremey's tone. Thryduulf (talk) 00:00, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Patrick87 (talk) 00:06, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Carrite (talk) 00:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Kumioko (talk) 00:23, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. I agree that this should have been deployed first on test wiki, test, and then, when ready, bring here. — ΛΧΣ21 01:07, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. It's too buggy to turn amateur editors loose with.—Kww(talk) 01:08, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Pointless, though, because this is a recurring problem (remember Echo?). MER-C 01:23, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Yeah, usually you opt in to betas, and don't just have buggy software shoved into your face. This almost feels like how Microsoft thought forcing a touch-oriented UI on everyone was a good idea. Or Gnome 3. ViperSnake151  Talk  01:40, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Developers were allowed to dictate development. They mean well, but there was no defined test role. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Rollout to IP editors must halt immediately; if experienced Wiki Editors are having problems, do we really need to give non-experienced and/or non-registered Wiki editors opportunities to stumble over yet more bugs, create yet more bad Wiki content, etc.? Scarletsmith (talk) 06:43, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. GiantSnowman 08:10, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 10:52, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. I can't even understand why anyone would oppose this, and I've read the comments of people who say "oppose"--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:17, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. David Gerard (talk) 11:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. Bidgee (talk) 13:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 14:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. Obviously. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:53, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. Minus all the anger and censuring part, but this software should not have been turned on as default in this state.  Sandstein  14:54, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. Support I can tolerate some minor bugs, but major bugs mangling basic things like these (which can be inserted from the source editor toolbar!!) just about pushes it over the line for me. Also, it is not even able to do harder tasks like math or table markup. Imagine how the new editors will be confused when they see them and can't figure out how it works, simply because it doesn't in VE. Still: agree completely with MER-C. Double sharp (talk) 15:12, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Er. The nowiki bug is nothing to do with not letting a user insert nowiki tags. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 15:34, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    What nowiki bug? There are officially no corruptions happening, so it must not be a bug - it's just the users not being clever enough to use the VE - David Gerard (talk) 21:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I need a new irony meter. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:27, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Misreading my statement completely. If wikitext can easily do nowiki-ing without corruption, and VE can't, then I fail to see how VE is an improvement at the moment, pure and simple. And all this has forced every edit that inserts nowiki tags to need confirmation (I just got that message today). What an utterly unnecessary waste of time, that could have been prevented simply by ensuring that the product was actually beta-worthy before it entered beta. Double sharp (talk) 11:24, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Needless to say. Everyking (talk) 22:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. Yes. We had the notifications farce and now this; enwiki should not be used as a test. The software should work. Minor bugs can be coped with - software that is simply not fit for purpose is not acceptable. Black Kite (talk) 23:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27. Obviously. Many potentially valid edits are reverted and constructive editors tagged only because of horrific markup. As a result, VE works against its goals. Materialscientist (talk) 08:18, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  28. Such an obvious no-brainer that it's astounding this even has to be said. - The Bushranger One ping only 11:22, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  29. "Free encyclopedia anyone can edit" if only they knew not to click "Edit" to change a table or a math formula. Plus the "vote of no confidence" by experienced users judging the competence of wiki software or WMF plans. -Wikid77 13:43, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  30. --Akhilan (talk) 14:48, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  31.  TUXLIE  17:10, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  32. Seems obvious that it doesn't work, yet, and that experienced editors are spending more time fixing the buggy edits than the value of the edits made. I'm not sure I agree with the "never again", but this editor needs to be unreleased until the hundreds of bugs which actively damage articles without (apparently by design) notifying the editor of potential problems are fixed. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:26, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Obviously, only "never again" should things be released in this way - a poorly planned, poorly tested, unfinished, and known-to-be-buggy release is forced onto everyone, without an opt-out at launch, and followed by stonewalling when faced with criticism. Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:53, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  33. I wonder if the Visual Editor people see the same software we see.—Love, Kelvinsong talk 23:15, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  34. I agree and understand "reaches a certain level of development" to mean "is more of a benefit than a detriment". Pseudonymous Rex (talk) 00:34, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  35. Pretty please. Red Slash 09:18, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  36. Even the most yearned for new feature needs proper testing, and live implementation on some of our smaller wikis first. ϢereSpielChequers 14:52, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  37. Weak support I'd go for a milder phrasing, but yes, this does seem to have been rushed through before it was ready. Anaxial (talk) 18:04, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  38. Too many strange explosions. The Banner talk 23:11, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  39. Yes, buggy software can be op in, it should not be op out. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 12:16, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  40. Ought to go without saying. Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (talk) 13:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  41. My boss would have my hide and I would likely be promptly given the path to the door if we released something like this to our users. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  42. The Foundation has clearly messed up here. Modest Genius talk 21:48, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  43. The way this has been handled is insane by any software development standars, let alone for a software on the 5th most visited page of the Internet. -- cyclopiaspeak! 10:16, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  44. The current iteration of VisualEditor is practically broken; it is the Windows ME of editing programs. Like ME it has some good ideas, but it is buggy as heck and not useful to anyone who uses Wikipedia for serious editing. Toa Nidhiki05 18:49, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  45. Is it a governmental project that must be finished on a set deadline no matter what? Whatever one thinks about Wikipedia's interface, it is certainly not so hopeless that we would have to replace it instantly and with just anything... It might be acceptable to try out a new and potentially buggy feature for a day, but one should be ready to roll the change back and listen to the feedback. Although, hopefully, WMF will understand that without a "censure". --Martynas Patasius (talk) 20:04, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  46. postdlf (talk) 21:33, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  47. As a general principle, not specifically making any call with regard to VE. Lankiveil (speak to me) 11:37, 16 July 2013 (UTC).Reply[reply]
  48. ¿3family6 contribs 13:10, 16 July 2013 (UTC) I am certainly willing to tolerate some bugginess, and I understand the idea of having ordinary users test the software. However, seeing the level of major bugs in VE, and the lack of support for wikitables and many templates, I think the launch of this software was premature.Reply[reply]
  49. Crap should not be activated. Matthiasb (talk) 15:53, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  50. --Ilya (talk) 18:49, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  51. Scott talk 20:43, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  52. I can understand the rush to meet an announced deadline because of the missed deadlines in the past, but in that case it should not have been opt-out but opt-in. DGG ( talk ) 21:24, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  53. I concur with User:Lankiveil's remarks a few lines up. When a working option and a buggy beta exist, buggy beta ≠ default, regardless of the environment. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 00:35, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  54. Of course. It seems a rhetorical question but in this case is necessary. I strongly agree: buggy softwares should stay out the main wikis until they have reached a good stability/compatibility level. --Lucas (talk) 00:51, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  55. A rushed introduction of new software shifts the workload from testing engineers to unpaid volunteers who came here to contribute content, not to fix the mess caused by the early software release. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:08, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  56. I agree. Never use a buggy software for productive use. --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  57. Strong agreement, even more now that we see that WMF is sticking to a schedule to roll out to as many people as possible before fixing the bugs and taking into account (so-called) enhancements. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 04:09, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  58. Its time will come. PhnomPencil (talk) 10:04, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  59. --wdwd (talk) 15:37, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  60. Fully support this conclusion. WMF needs to work a whole lot better at making sure that the usability of the site is not compromised for many users as badly as it has been with the visual editor. What works great in your little lab with brand-new computers and super high-speed connections can be completely unworkable out in the real world. VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 21:58, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  61. Support. An obvious principle, which this project seems to have lost sight of in a tangle of wishful thinking. Gandalf61 (talk) 09:46, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  62. Unfortunately, it is not ready, and I can't see it being stable within a few weeks. The number of bugs being identified is increasing fast. As a bare minimum, the parser must be approaching perfect - problems causing dirty diffs must be fixed within a few days, which means having developers that are not on a death march. In addition, many of the UI components have not been properly designed to be fit for purpose, which means we're going to see more rapid deploys of betas and lots more bugs as a result. Also, if the VE is the default, we have to update all the help pages, but the software is a moving target now. The Help pages will be regularly showing old screenshots. Very unprofessional. I will opt-in only if I can switch editors mid-edit; I beg the product managers and devs to build this functionality into core (user:John Vandenberg/switch editor.js) if you want the majority of the community to help you beta testing this beast. John Vandenberg (chat) 12:26, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  63. Gengis Gat (talk) 12:38, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  64. Especially in terms of speed. If the goal is to attract new users, a slow, buggy interface will do exactly the opposite. If I were a new user coming to Wikipedia today, and got slapped across the face with VE, I might have the technical skill to figure out that a better interface is available, but many who don't will walk away in frustration. Having it "opt-in", even if it were to ask at random "Would you like to try our new editor interface that's in development? It may still have some problems, but your feedback will help us to solve them.", would warn those editors what they're in for, and allow those who aren't interested to say no thank you. Having it as the default for the "edit" link before it's completely production-ready is not the way to go. Seraphimblade Talk to me 05:00, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  65. --Shadak (talk) 14:14, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  66. --Rushton2010 (talk) 18:45, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  67. Obviously. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 00:18, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  68. Yes, this really is just obvious common sense. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:08, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  69. Obviously software which has major defects that prevent normal use should not be widely deployed. Fortunately, Visual Editor is not in that position, and is more than adequate for a variety of day-to-day editing tasks; and we still have the option to use the old version when it's occasionally necessary due to limitations. In short, it has reached a "certain level of development." Dcoetzee 02:36, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  70. VE is still mangling pages. A quick look at WP:VE/F should convince anyone that VE is not ready for deployment in any form. —Wasell(T) 11:17, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  71. Never ever default to VE. It should be now and forever an OPT-IN. –Wine Guy~Talk 14:41, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  72. Agreed. Gryllida 08:10, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (buggy)[edit]

  1. I think a lot of the sturm and drang (e.g. people wanting to turn off the tab itself for themselves!) is overdone complaining about a change, like people who get upset when a forum changes background color. The issue of "high number of bad edits" is a bigger concern, but I haven't encountered a single one personally, so it must not be that ubiquitous. (Sometimes people are a little those who complaint about fixing image sizes because of those who have a default...this was tracked down and like 300 people out of several million readers actually had a set preference.) Also, to be honest, the thing has been talked about for years and never gotten anywhere. Plus the Community is very over conservative and insular (and doesn't think of current non-editors). So throwing it over the fence and fixing later is a legitimate approach. Sorry, but "ship it". TCO (talk) 01:09, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. I strongly object to the statement being made here. While it had many bugs of various degrees of severity, VE did not have "severe bugs" that "mangled the text of pages" at the time when it was enabled for logged-in users. I also object to "censuring" the WMF's wonderful development team in such a way. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:21, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I need yet another new irony meter. VE did (and still does) have "severe bugs" that "mangled the text of pages." — Arthur Rubin (talk) 19:32, 4 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Perhaps you have different ideas of what counts as "severe". That's okay: you don't have to agree on that point. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:12, 5 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I'm pretty sure the VE breaking Wikilinks counted as a hugely major bug. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 20:21, 5 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Silently deleting (visible) infoboxes seems severe to me. (Invisible infoboxes are another matter; I don't see how VE could avoid deleting them.) — Arthur Rubin (talk) 01:23, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    And TTO's definition might set the bar a little higher. I'm pretty sure it includes this one, which was fixed immediately before release, but he's not "wrong" just because he doesn't agree with you. You're free to call deleting an infobox by pressing the backspace key one time too many a "severe bug" if you want, but you can't force other people to accept your personal judgment.
    BTW, the latest word on the nowiki bugs is that they have dropped considerably and should halve again at the next update. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:08, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This is querulous logic-chopping, and your team has been called on this sort of logic-chopping before. An interface that encourages such errors is a bad interface, and this counts as a serious problem - David Gerard (talk) 10:55, 7 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    David, I know that you count this as a serious problem. I happen to have spent a lot of time this last month making sure that my boss believes that the addition of nowiki tags around misplaced wikitext markup, which Luke mentioned, was the most significant problem affecting the English Wikipedia (although, oddly, not other places. I've never yet seen it at the Japanese Wikipedia, for example). But TTO is expressing his personal opinion here. In his opinion, TTO believes that there were no "severe" bugs. TTO is entitled to his opinion, and TTO is entitled to express it here without having people make sarcastic remarks about his opinion. Nobody has any business telling TTO that TTO's personal subjective opinion is wrong. This is not some sort of totalitarian state that requires everyone to have the same opinion about what "counts as a serious bug". It is not "querulous logic-chopping" to defend TTO's right to his personal opinion in a discussion that specifically requested people's personal opinions. I'd do the same for you, too: I want to know what you think, not what you think some other editor would approve of you saying. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:41, 7 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    If it was really that hard to convince your boss that the nowiki bug was a serious bug... no wonder the VE is a pile of shit. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 18:20, 7 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The challenge was not convincing him that it was "a" serious bug, but convincing him that it was the most significant problem. There were splashier bugs, but there were none so frequent in the first week of July. It's improved a lot since then; this only appears in about 1 out of 400 edits at the moment (down from a high of ~11% or so in some hours). Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:00, 7 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Oppose based on the wording of this. I support the principle broadly, but I think this goes way too far in demonizing people who are working hard. --Jayron32 01:42, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. The principle stated in the heading of this section makes sense, but there are degrees of bugginess, which I think may be somewhat exaggerated here. One of the best way to identify bugs and useability issues is to roll software out to a large user base. - MrX 02:23, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. The statement is so vaguely worded as to be meaningless (or alternately, to be interpreted to mean pretty much anything you want). What counts as "buggy"? What counts as "a certain level of development"? There are bugs—including "severe" ones—in pretty much all complex, production-quality software. —Psychonaut (talk) 08:25, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:29, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Too vaguely worded to be meaningful. Also I strongly dislike the idea of a bunch of the old guard reprimanding the WMF for what is probably the most newbie-focussed development of Wikipedia for years. --LukeSurl t c 00:30, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Per Jayen. I think they had to take the plunge. Let's refine it as quickly as possible, though. Tony (talk) 08:57, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:54, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Legoktm (talk) 02:34, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Oppose, in that case we should stop using Mediawiki! ·addshore· talk to me! 08:09, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Oppose, people are impatient and unappreciative of how valuable a change this is. They'd rather kick the can forward and forward. To be honest, I think many people here are just angry that the general public will now be able to play in what they formerly liked to think of as their sandbox. No amount of bugfixing and delays would satisfy them and make them call it not "buggy software" - and if it was delayed to fix those bugs, these same people would be saying the project was a boondoggle and waste of resources and should be scrapped. Many are saying that right now out of one side of their mouth, while the other side says it should be drawn back for "bug fixes."
They simply hate VE, but if they do not like it, they do not have to use it. As someone who loves tech and works in the tech industry: there are a lot of people outside tech who are very smart. Even though they don't make a hobby of learning technical matters like markup. Wikipedia is missing out on their knowledge, a vast knowledge of body, because we insist on using markup as a bar of entry and hazing maneuver. Again - you do not have to use it. Enough of this politicking and power plays - of trying to shove VE on the backburner or make new users dig through an unfamiliar options menu to realize there even is a visual editor. --Monk of the highest order(t) 04:03, 12 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (buggy)[edit]

What does "the default" mean? WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:28, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's now part of everyone's editing of Wikipedia, and cannot be completely turned off in any way. This was neither opt-in, and even providing information on a user-created method to opt out was actively discouraged by the WMF team behind it, e.g. statements such as "I feel it would totally undermine the software proper to fire everyone at an instant switch to permanently disable the VE". It's buggy code, it's going to remain buggy code for some time, and to insist that thousands (or is it millions?) of users have to have it active is ridiculous. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:34, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So Javascript is "part of everyone's editing of Wikipedia, and cannot be completely turned off", so do you consider that "the default"? It also frequently has critical bugs open. Shall we remove Javascript? Or is it only software that feels like a change to you that should be bug-free before normal users get automatic access to it? WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:41, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think what's meant here is software the developers have control over, thus not Javascript. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 23:42, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The devs do have control over whether Wikipedia uses Javascript. WhatamIdoing (talk) 02:06, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Your point? Does it cause edits which were meant to be constructive to get malformed? The last time I checked, JS didn't do that. The aim of VE is to encourage new editors to edit. So, if their edits get messed up by the critical bugs, then isn't this a serious problem (currently-and-will-be-for-some-time buggy VE shooting itself?)? No matter what the proportion of messed-up edits is, the fact that this can happen at all for a released-to-everyone-and-impossible-to-turn-off-properly tool is worrying. Double sharp (talk) 15:17, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • IDEA: "Buggy software should not become the default". Full stop. --R.S. Peale (talk) 05:05, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I agree with the spirit of this (that the launch was done badly, and that the current version has enough bugs that it should not have been launched), but I disagree with the harshness of the tone, and so cannot support. – Quadell (talk) 15:44, 9 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

3. VisualEditor should have a way to be turned off fully, easily, and without continuing to leech resources[edit]

At the moment, the VisualEditor can be hidden by way of a gadget found in user preferences, but in a location most users will not look, and code for the VisualEditor will continue to be loaded, as it cannot be disabled. According to WP:VisualEditor/FAQ, this is by design, in an attempt to force users to use it, despite the editing section of User Preferences being fairly well-hidden already. The code to allow it to be disabled exists; it was active in the Editing preferences up until the launch. If this motion passes, the Wikimedia Foundation is requested to restore this code immediately. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support (off)[edit]

  1. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Andy Dingley (talk) 23:26, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Diannaa (talk) 23:32, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 23:36, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. doktorb wordsdeeds 23:53, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Regardless of how many resources something consumes, disabling something should disable it not hide it. Thryduulf (talk) 00:01, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Patrick87 (talk) 00:07, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Carrite (talk) 00:12, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. As much as I like having this option, it still is a bit buggy, so for now this should be an option. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 00:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. The current method is a workaround only and still launches all the code in the background, wasting resources and increasing loading times. We need a proper off switch, not a hack. Kumioko (talk) 00:24, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Yes a obvious off switch is essential. I'm also concerned about IP's who won't be able to use the gadget, won't know what the difference between Edit and Edit Source is and won't be able to do many editing tasks like mathematics.--Salix (talk): 00:40, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Indeed. — ΛΧΣ21 01:07, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Beyond this, it should be disabled in this manner until it works, available only to editors that are committed to repairing any damage that it causes.—Kww(talk) 01:09, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. Not sure why this was not provided, really. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. MER-C 01:24, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Choice is always a good thing. I also endorse Salix' comment.- MrX 02:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. Yeah --Vigyanitalkਯੋਗਦਾਨ 05:04, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. GiantSnowman 08:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 10:52, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. Support hiding the "off switch" is a bad idea and has been very frustrating to me. I've noticed that frustration to others as well.--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. It has been made unnecessarily difficult and obscure to disable it, they keep breaking the off switch and saying "not in scope" when called on it, and it appears deliberate to try to make it as default as possible even for people who really seriously don't want it. This is profoundly obnoxious, however good the claimed intentions - David Gerard (talk) 11:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. Bidgee (talk) 13:59, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 14:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. Is this seriously in doubt?  Sandstein  14:55, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27. Yes, please. I'm not interested in yet more javascript conflicts. Reaper Eternal (talk) 15:06, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  28. If someone wants something disabled, then disable it for real, not just hide it in the corner and block it from view, let it carry on running and pretend it was disabled. @TCO: The big deal is that even for people who don't want it, it does not get turned off, just hidden, and see David Gerard's comment. This, to me, is a big problem. (Oh, and orange-bar whining? That was also very useful because it was very visible. Was that text not very easy to notice? That's how the OBOD worked: it jumps out at you. Does the little red number jump out at you? It does not.) Double sharp (talk) 15:20, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  29. →Davey2010→→Talk to me!→ 15:38, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  30. Indeed. Wasting resources and increasing loading times. Did you also consider those who already have internet speed problem when you making this, that's not fair. If someone wants something disabled, then disable it. We need a proper off switch, Obvious off switch is essential. Not sure why this was not provided, really. So low speed internet now I really cant even edit my user page, very frustrating KhabarNegar Talk 16:39, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  31. The most user-friendly interface is that one which will be friendly to the most hardware/bandwidth-compromised user. There is still a world majority of population who are just getting into internet through their primitive dial-up/GPRS connections and cheap terminals. If Wikipedia is anything for the massive good and common prosperity of world, this should be the priority. So, keep that fundamental editor option always and give any experience luxuries to those who can afford. ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 19:43, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  32. Absolutely. It's just ridiculous that you can't properly and easily disable it. Everyking (talk) 22:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  33. Yes, obviously; the current method is simply a hack. Black Kite (talk) 23:32, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  34. Yes, the additional VE Java code is not as light as it was (and is) supposed to be. Performance slowdown is significant and should be avoided by all means. Materialscientist (talk) 08:24, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  35. Forcing editors to use something that they don't want to use is a sure way to run editors off of the project, not to recruit or retain them. - The Bushranger One ping only 11:24, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  36. I didn't mind before, but if it's slowing down pages for people who don't want it, then yes.—Love, Kelvinsong talk 23:16, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  37. Red Slash 09:18, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  38. Yes, should be much easier to properly disable it. Anaxial (talk) 18:05, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  39. Yes, please. When I want to get rid of it, it should be possible. The Banner talk 23:12, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  40. Support, the gadgets are not working today which means the VE is back. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 12:13, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  41. Yes, and once an editor turns it off, it should stay off! Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (talk) 13:07, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  42. Fully Support - no matter how many times I turn it off in the gadgets section in the Preferences (to the extent of removing the Gadgets tabs from Preferences), it keeps turning itself on and now it has killed my other gadgets including twinkle, Purge Clock and navigation popups.... TURN IT OFF NOW!..this useless feature belong in some small wiki which hardly gets edited, NOT WIKIPEDIA.--Stemoc (talk) 13:20, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    That isn't a problem caused by VE, as I don't have VE disabled and I'm having the same problem as you, so I'll assume the gadget system isn't currently working (it did this the other day). Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 13:24, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Never had any problem with gadgets for years and all of a sudden VE gets introduced and i keep having problems with my gadgets, its definitely a problem with VE scripts and some of the gadgets...the worst part is that instead of trialling VE as a script/gadget, they made it into a FORCED FEATURE.....--Stemoc (talk) 14:27, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    No - see WP:VPT#Where is Gadgets ? Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 14:28, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  43. Obvious Support. Even though it was recently "reduced to 4KB", it STILL loads crap that I don't want to load. I don't want to hide it, I want to remove it until such a time where it is a viable non-buggy editor. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  44. Wikiklaas (talk) 14:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  45. If you're going to provide an opt-out (which you should), then it should really be an opt-out, and users should be presented with the options, not required to go hunting in obscure areas of the site. Modest Genius talk 21:50, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  46. cyclopiaspeak! 10:17, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  47. WLM / ? Come on. Only the IDEA to give no option to turn off. 17:28, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  48. Users who don't want to use VisualEditor (and there are a great deal of us) should not be required to use it, period. The WMF needs to respect the wishes of its established editing base. Toa Nidhiki05 18:51, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  49. postdlf (talk) 21:34, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  50. ¿3family6 contribs 13:20, 16 July 2013 (UTC) I understand releasing the software to a massive user base in order to find bugs and needed features, but there should have been an off-switch built in.--¿3family6 contribs 13:20, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  51. --Ilya (talk) 18:50, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  52. Scott talk 20:44, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  53. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 00:38, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  54. no doubts. --Lucas (talk) 00:53, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  55. This is essential. People contribute content using slow Internet links with low bandwidth, using aged computers and software configurations. If extended JavaScript bloat is enforced to all of them, you force them to switch JavaScript off even where a bit of JavaScript would have been desirable. Please allow the editors to tailor the amount of to be loaded JavaScript code exactly to their needs. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:12, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  56. I don't even want to participate with the usage of the Visual Editor. My largest fear is trying to clean up from messes made by a buggy editor, but that is minor compared to constantly being reminded of the thing and having it get in the way. It definitely needs an off-switch. No, the "Edit Source" is insufficient and IMHO a hack of a hack at best. If it is just a matter of making a simple change in the configuration file of en.wikipedia, why was that not enabled in the first place? --Robert Horning (talk) 04:26, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  57. Without any doubt! --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  58. Strong support. This is a reasonable request, that isn't even technically difficult to implement and that won't add to the technical debt because the wikitext editor is anyway supposed to be kept available. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 04:09, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  59. This is the statement I agree most with. PhnomPencil (talk) 10:05, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  60. --wdwd (talk) 15:30, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  61. Absolutely support. It is unconscionable that they failed to do so from the beginning. The link to opt out should have been advertised on banners weeks before the rollout, so that experienced editors never had to deal with this abomination. VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 22:03, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  62. Support. A waste of time and irritant to most users. But all of this was known by WMF based on the limited "testing". There should be a firewall with Wikia, which is a for-profit corporation with too many ties to WMF insiders (some of whom have financial interests in Wikia. Investing WMF funds and stafftime and forcing WP editors to surve as guinea pigs for Wikia's R&D may be illegal, violating WMF's not for profit status and perhaps anti-trust laws. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:39, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  63. Yes. If I don't want to use VE I shouldn't have to see it or be affected by it in any way. Gandalf61 (talk) 09:49, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  64. Why not allow oldhands to keep editing the code like in the old days? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 21:34, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  65. John Vandenberg (chat) 12:33, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  66. Giving more options to editors is positive, but only if users are given a free (a really free) choice about whether using them or not. Gengis Gat (talk) 12:43, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  67. I know IP editors don't carry much weight around here but that's how I prefer to edit, and I'm quite productive if I must say so myself. I'd just like to say that I hate this visual editor thing and support any proposition that would cause it to be turned off by default. I haven't edited anything for a few months, I come back to read about the Occupation of the Channel Islands and find a name spelled wrong. I click edit section to fix it and I'm faced with a monstrosity of slow-loading javascript that I don't want to figure out just to change a single letter and have to click through to "edit source," which for some reason also now takes an eternity to load. Please think about IP editors when you're figuring out what to do and either disable this horror without requiring an account or put edit source links on the sections too at least. (talk) 22:01, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  68. "Disabled" should mean "disabled". And any features to disable VE should be available as long as VE exists, not just during its "beta" phase (quotes intentional, I don't think one could really even call it alpha-ready yet). Seraphimblade Talk to me 04:42, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  69. !!! --Shadak (talk) 15:59, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  70. --Rushton2010 (talk) 18:47, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  71. Implementing the thing was a good idea. Mandating its use is a very bad one. Dementia13 (talk) 12:37, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  72. 00:20, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
  73. Per the opening statement for this section. (And I find the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't "edit source" link rather tedious.) --Tryptofish (talk) 23:11, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  74. I thought we have it already! Isn't the gadget to disable VE working properly? -- ɑηsuмaη « ৳ᶏ ɭϞ » 15:21, 1 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  75. Of course there should be a way... ·addshore· talk to me! 08:08, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  76. Make this thing go way completely and forever. –Wine Guy~Talk 14:43, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  77. Agreed, should not be on by default for new users. Gryllida 08:11, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  78. Quadell (talk) 15:46, 9 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (off)[edit]

  1. Silly, for the reasons as above. You have a little tab on your screen, so freaking what! This is like orange bar whining or edit button on side of page moving whining. You still have very easy access to the way you edited before.TCO (talk) 01:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Oppose, because no one ever has to use it or install any gadget or flip any preference switch to avoid using it. Just click the "edit source" link which is available on every single page. I would support changing the phrasing of the edit links (for example, making the "edit" link read "Visual Editor" and making the "edit source" link read merely "edit", but that's not what this is proposing). --Jayron32 01:45, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    That's a good idea, I second that. Can you make it happened? -- ɑηsuмaη « ৳ᶏ ɭϞ » 15:34, 1 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. It can be turned off or ignored. VE has problems, but this is not the problem. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:17, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Just click on "Edit source" instead. Tony (talk) 08:58, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:55, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Per Arthur Rubin below. If no significant amount of resources are being consumed, and it's not interfering with anything else, then "hiding" is functionally equivalent to "disabling". —Psychonaut (talk) 08:00, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It's that sort of sloppy analogy that is the entire reason this thing is broken. Rule 1 of coding/programming: don't waste resources when it is easy to avoid doing so! Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 11:59, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Rule #1 of programming is to do the most straightforward thing that works, and worry about performance if that's not sufficient. Premature optimization is the root of all evil. Dcoetzee 02:58, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. I'm sympathetic to people with limited bandwidth, but VE is a drop in the bucket, particularly when disabled (the main part of the JS is loaded on demand when the feature is used, according to my debug console). The graphics on the site (even just the logo) use an order of magnitude more bandwidth. People complaining about its bandwidth usage are looking for excuses. Mobile Wikipedia is already available for people who are really bandwidth constrained, and does not have VE. Dcoetzee 02:58, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Neutral (off)[edit]

  1. The damage done when hidden is not significant, in comparison to all the other tabs which also can only be hidden, rather than removed. On the other hand, if there are cases where the presence of VE prevents edits from working properly (and, can anyone swear it cannot happen), there should be a way to turn it off entirely. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:31, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (off)[edit]

For those who like numbers, VisualEditor is responsible for about 4 KiB of what your computer receives when you load (click on/read/view) an article or userpage. That's about 2% of the page (or less: the estimated percentage is pre-Universal Language Selector). WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:32, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I both support this and at the same time agree completely with WhatamIdoing. For those who haven't looked recently, WP sends you reams of JS lately on every page load, most of which is of questionable value. Gigs (talk) 14:21, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't see a need to turn it off if the (edit|edit source) options were permanently visible, but activating the edit source on mouseover remains annoying. That said I don't see why it should not be easily disabled by those who don't like it. I don't need it, and mostly don't use it, and if I turn it off it will be because I don't like the flickering edit source links. Then I won't use it at all. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:42, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is in fact a proper off switch, it just hasn't been enabled on en:wp - David Gerard (talk) 22:37, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

For what its worth @Jdforrester (WMF): closed the bug as WONTFIX but it then got reverted.--Salix (talk): 18:14, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Well, closing that as WONTFIX shows just how out of touch the WMF are, but I'm glad it was reverted. Rule number one of programming: don't waste any resources that are easily conserved! Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 18:53, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

4. The manner of the launch was unduly aggressive[edit]

The sections on WP:VisualEditor/FAQ entitled "Can the editors here order the developers to turn this off?" and "Why does no standard user preference to disable VisualEditor exist?", as well as similar behaviour elsewhere, are little more than attempts to bully the community into accepting the VisualEditor, whether they want to or not. This goes against a basic foundation of Wikipedia, as laid out in the Five pillars: Civility. The launch should have attempted to be responsive to the attitudes of the Wikipedia community. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support (manner)[edit]

  1. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. See also WP:Flagged revisions. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 23:38, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Patrick87 (talk) 00:07, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Kumioko (talk) 00:25, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. It appears rollout is governed by by a roadmap specifying when things must happen. There is little option to say, wait a moment we are just not ready yet to move out of alpha yet. Concerns of users are nothing compared to the roadmap.--Salix (talk): 00:40, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Support, because the deployment was driven by the developers, and not by interaction between developers and testers.
  8. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Support I don't think it was aggressive in a hostile nature, but it was definitely aggressive in a "hurried" or "rushed" nature.--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:21, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Way too aggressive, and I'm a big fan of the VE project in general - David Gerard (talk) 11:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Insulam Simia (talk/contribs) 14:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. A little ... I think that paragraph was worded poorly. Developers of any software are obligated to work with the stakeholders to get a product that works. I can understand the desire to avoid "editor consensus" which has become a tarpit where things go to die from endless filibustering. At the same time, paragraphs like the one cited, along with a lack of prompt, real communication (as in, "hey, that is indeed a lot of major bugs you've found, we are delaying the deployment schedule right away"), did lead to a widespread perception of arrogance or aggressiveness. All that said, I can definitely understand where the development team is coming from. So, mostly a PR problem rather than an actual problem. Users needed to be assured that things weren't recklessly plowing forward and there was nothing that could be done about it. Gigs (talk) 14:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Support per Salix. (@TCO: the discussions are actually productive. One of the main problems we have with these roll-outs is that the WMF seems to first not seek our viewpoints and then try to ignore them. Discussing the issues would no doubt lead to us having a more positive view and such RFCs not happening, because we would be able to work together for a better compromise solution.) Double sharp (talk) 15:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. →Davey2010→→Talk to me!→ 15:37, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. I feel, this was unprecedentedly hurried in such a way as to cause shock and awe. Typically, people hate changes. But they would certainly start appreciating changes for the better if they were brought gently and patiently. ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 19:49, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. Everyking (talk) 22:20, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. I'm not sure "aggressive" is the right word, but the responses to people saying they didn't want to use VE when it was rolled out weren't optimal at all - instead of "we're sorry to hear that you don't like it and hope you'll try it again in the future", they were almost universally "you'll like it if you try it". While it may or may not be true, that's something for an editor to decide in due time, not to have pushed at them. - The Bushranger One ping only 11:26, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. See my comments at Wikipedia talk:VisualEditor/A/B test—Love, Kelvinsong talk 23:18, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Same as 2 - Launch was dictated by development without a QA role. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:22, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. The Banner talk 23:13, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Consensus should have been gained beforehand, and a suitable testing and deployment schedule (~a few months) developed. Instead, we had no announcement, a sudden imposition with only a couple of weeks notice, and help pages that basically told us to sod off if we didn't like it. That's not a good way to run a collaborative project. Modest Genius talk 21:53, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. Agree that I felt somewhat force-fed on this thing. -- cyclopiaspeak! 10:18, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. postdlf (talk) 21:43, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. Looks like that... The roadmap (with other evidence) does create an impression that WMF considered their own plans and schedules to be extremely important and everything else (lack of bugs, acceptance of existing users etc.) to be just minor details... For example, the results of A/B test, that should have been used to decide if the deployment was a good idea, doesn't seem to be processed until now. The result is predictable: they achieved the "major" goal and failed with everything else... Also, the statements from representatives of WMF (like [4]) now create an impression (true or false) that the attitude there is and was "They will hate it, but, eh, who cares about them!". I don't think that's a good way to win many friends... Just as all good Wikipedians (perhaps more, since WMF is at least partially responsible to the community and exists to help and serve it), WMF should listen to all criticism - yes, including harsh criticism saying that they did a hopelessly terrible job - with enthusiasm (of the kind they have shown for "VisualEditor"), seeing in it an opportunity for improvement. And, of course, such criticism is not an assumption of bad faith - I am certain that no one believes WMF is trying to cause trouble on purpose. --Martynas Patasius (talk) 19:06, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Matthiasb (talk) 15:54, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. --Ilya (talk) 18:52, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27. xaosflux Talk 20:08, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  28. Scott talk 20:44, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  29. Sometimes nothing short of full deployment will find out what people really feel; this time, the full deployment confirmed what almost everyone outside the WMF thought would be the case. DGG ( talk ) 21:55, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  30. Instinctively this is my feeling. The introduction was a bit "rude" and too fast. --Lucas (talk) 00:55, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  31. It was surely rushed. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:17, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  32. Secret account 23:40, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  33. I'm a sort of Johnny come lately to this whole controversy, but I am seriously annoyed at what I perceive as a complete disregard to the community that this is supposed to be helping out. I remember when Wikia introduced something similar to this, and turned it off at every chance I got in terms of user preferences and whenever I was a bureaucrat on a wikia wiki for the whole site. I hate it even more on Wikipedia, and I see some absolutely condescending replies coming from WMF personnel involved. It is also going to be a major public relations nightmare for the WMF, and certainly is a "customer relations" nightmare in terms of at least listening to the ordinary users in a substantive manner. Things of this nature are best done from the ground up rather than a top-down approach as has happened here. --Robert Horning (talk) 04:08, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  34. WMF responses to criticisms have been obnoxious and further alienated the editors. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:40, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  35. Overly aggressive not only in schedule and determination to move forward no matter how many problems are caused, but in the tone taken to requests even so simple as "I'm not interested in using this. Please let me turn it off for myself." WMF's tone toward existing, long-term volunteers (dismissive referencing as "power users" who don't care about new editors and would never accept any change at all) has also been dismissive and quite hostile in and of itself. Seraphimblade Talk to me 05:05, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  36. --Shadak (talk) 16:00, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  37. -Rushton2010 (talk) 18:47, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  38. Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 00:22, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  39. This is probably the part of this whole kerfuffle that annoys me the most. I wouldn't necessarily call it "aggressive", but it's bloody well arrogant. —Wasell(T) 11:09, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  40. We have now reached a point where the developers are actively spitting in the face of community consensus, and it has to stop. –Wine Guy~Talk 14:48, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  41. Yes. Gryllida 08:14, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  42. Strong support. The foundation and developers should support the editor base, not the other way around. Recent actions on several issues, particularly VE, show a degree of contempt for the community. If the current trend continues it is only a matter of time before many of the project's core editors are driven away. The foundation needs to have a long, hard think about how the projects are managed, and give editors a say in the running of the site. --W. D. Graham 13:40, 4 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (manner)[edit]

  1. High-handed or insensitive I could agree with, "aggressive" I don't. Thryduulf (talk) 00:02, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. "Irresponsible" is the adjective I would choose. Once it became apparent that it was corrupting articles, it needed to be disabled until those bugs were fixed.—Kww(talk) 01:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. This is their ONE AVENUE to improve the site and in the end the encyclopedia. They control the codey stuff. They can't really fix admins/arbs/editors and all the rest of that drama (to include the content itself). Also, Facebook or other sites have gone through many more changes over the last several years. Wiki is stuck in the dark ages. WMF should change, meddle, experiment. Just apologize afterwards...but God NO! don't ask the Communitai for permission.TCO (talk) 01:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. I don't find it agressive at all. I have been aware of the Visual Editor deployment schedule since long ago. Maybe because I talk too much to the WMF guys or whatever, but "aggressive" is not a correct word to define what happened. I'd prefer "inappropriate" in some sorts, but not "aggresive". — ΛΧΣ21 01:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Agree with the others. Besides, most of those FAQ entries were written by community members, not by WMF staffers. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:24, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Oppose. Getting 100% buy-in prior to launch is not reasonable. The community has needed a WYSIWYG editor for years, and once one exists, it should not take years of bureaucracy and RFCs to get it installed. --Jayron32 01:47, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Not really. Somewhat aggressive, perhaps, but I don't view that as a negative. - MrX 02:29, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. At best naive and at worst incompetent - but not aggressive. GiantSnowman 08:12, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Everyone here was given years of notice that Visual Editor was coming, and invited to participate in discussions, development, and testing. Conspicuous notices were posted on various Wikimedia websites, and there was extensive coverage in the press, blogs, and social media. When the system went live WMF representatives responded to questions and complaints swiftly and courteously. (Given the vitriol that has been poured upon them, I am amazed they were able to stay so calm!) There was absolutely nothing "aggressive" about the process. —Psychonaut (talk) 08:20, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    "Everyone" -- not true. My first notice was when I logged in to make an edit and there it was.--Paul McDonald (talk) 14:09, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yes, we did not notify IPs of a release to registered users - it seemed extraneous, and like it would complicate things. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 14:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The other issue with notification is that we have been constantly told about vaporware editing features i.e. LiquidThreads, that never materialize into a deployment. People stop paying attention to announcements in about "great new features" when so far basically none of them have made it to deployment. Gigs (talk) 14:31, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I was certainly never aware of VE until the past few months. GiantSnowman 14:35, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Gigs, can you think of examples other than LQT? GiantSnowman; to be fair, when we're talking several months of notice I'd still say that's pretty good going. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 14:40, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Maybe he means Flagged revisions which works fine on DE wiki, we just need to get consensus here before we can implement it on EN. Can't blame the devs for that not happening here. ϢereSpielChequers 19:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Premature would be more diplomatic than saying aggressive. It would have been better to wait until Beta testing was no longer finding bugs, and maybe even drop a note to past testers "thanks for all the testing - we plan to go live in two weeks, but please just do a few more test edits to make sure all the previously reported bugs have been resolved." OK in an ideal world we'd then be implementing this live in one of the smaller wikis first before going live in our busiest wiki, but hopefully that's the sort of thing that will come with "professionalisation". ϢereSpielChequers 19:11, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. I knew it was coming for months. When it arrived I was startled slightly for a few seconds because I had forgotten the planned date. No big deal. I can understand that lots of people ignore the messages and notification and were surprised in a big way, but it is hard to see what more was available to shout in their ears without going to the extreme of personal email to everyone who has e-mail activated. How does one speak to the hard of listening? • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:52, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Per Kww. THe issue isn't the "aggressive" rollout; it's the fact that it should have been disabled once it was apparent that is was so bug-ridden it was a negative to the encyclopedia. Black Kite (talk) 23:38, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Nope. Making me move my mouse a few pixels to the right to click "edit source" is hardly aggression. --LukeSurl t c 00:18, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. I don't think it was aggressive. It was clearly a mistake, but it wouldn't have been so much of one if it were suspended once enough serious bugs were discovered, until they are fixed. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:33, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:55, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. If it's good enough (this is the best new feature on WP ever in my view), then why shouldn't it be introduced rapidly? LiquidWater 18:27, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. I also don't think "aggressive" was the right word. I don't think you could say that it was handled well, and you might even describe some aspects as "clumsy", while still acknowledging the good faith of everyone involved. Lankiveil (speak to me) 11:38, 16 July 2013 (UTC).Reply[reply]
  18. I needed the editor to be thrust on me so that I noticed it. I never came across the earlier discussion, but I'm very pleased that I came across the new editor when trying to edit a page. Chogg (talk) 20:06, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. ·addshore· talk to me! 12:06, 21 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. Legoktm (talk) 02:35, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. I see a big failure of AGF in the formulation of this question: throw the first stone, yadda yadda. I see no fault here. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 21:54, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. Adam is reading a tone that doesn't exist. WMF may have consciously overrided community protocols, but I don't believe they did so without reason, or with an intent to bully us. I believe their sincere intention was just to improve the project, and viewed the usual requisite processes as obstructive to that. Dcoetzee 03:13, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. More attempts to derail VE and keep wikipedia a playpen for tech types and long-term editors. This time it's "VE rollout to a public (which wants a WYSIWYG editor) is too fast should be hindered because... this guy wasn't polite enough in a FAQ." Hm. --Monk of the highest order(t) 04:10, 12 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Neutral (manner)[edit]

  1. This was no more aggressive than the New Coke launch. It's problematic it was shoved out so early and there were not immediate options to turn it off, but aggressiveness is not the problem here - the problem is the software itself. Toa Nidhiki05 18:52, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Agree with ToaNidhiki05, the problem is the software as it is now. --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Aggressive is too strong, but clearly "irresponsible", and the way it is still handled by WMF is still irresponsible. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 04:09, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. I agree with the statements above; "aggressive" is too strong a word. PhnomPencil (talk) 10:06, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. I agree that this has been an aggressive rollout, especially with the decision to continue with non-English deployment when the data corruptions on English Wikipedia had not been fixed, but I dont like the formulation of this particular comment about the FAQ. As others have said, there are better ways to describe the problems with the rollout. John Vandenberg (chat) 12:43, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Per the comments above. As I see it, the spirit that both the WMF and editors here should join in is one of we are all in this together; see also Wikipedia:Petition to the WMF on handling of interface changes. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:15, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (manner)[edit]

As the volunteer editor who originally wrote "Can the editors here order the developers to turn this off?", I'd like to say that I thought this question was very responsive to the noisy minority of editors who believe that they ought to have veto power over "their" website's software. "Responsive" does not mean "agree with whatever someone else says" or even "be unfailingly polite to people who feel entitled to be extremely rude to you". And if you look at the number of people who have asked that question in one form or another, I think that its presence in the FAQ is well justified. WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:39, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't. I also doubt the section is really correct. The WMF tends to listen to the community, so long as it's not in an annoyed burst of anger over change in general. --Yair rand (talk) 06:28, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
WhatamIdoing, as I posted above, I think that paragraph was poorly written, and contributed to the perception that this was just a freight train and there was nothing anyone could do about it. It may have seemed like the correct thing to write at the time, but it's really not a good idea to make users feel helpless about software they are being forced to use. Gigs (talk) 14:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nobody is being "forced to use it". If you don't want to use VisualEditor, you can reliably avoid using it by clicking on the other button. If you have trouble remembering to click on the other button, then you can even cover up the VisualEditor button in your prefs.
We need to get away from this myth that unwilling people are being "forced" to use VisualEditor. Clicks on [Edit source] are not being redirected to VisualEditor against the user's wishes. The devs are not grabbing your mouse and forcing it on to the VisualEditor link. Nobody is being forced to use VisualEditor. The most you can claim is that you are "forced" to permit other users to make their own choices about which editing environment to use. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Then explain this, Whatamidoing. Looks to me like people are going to end up forced to use it. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 23:56, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Novice editors are being presented with a button that says "edit" when that button leads them to a tool with an unacceptable incidence of bugs. It may not be "force", but "attractive nuisance" might apply. Right now, VE is an editor that needs to have its output checked very carefully. It shouldn't be positioned as the normal editor for a population of editors that is incapable of making those checks.—Kww(talk) 21:48, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This claim is being repeated by many WMF staff, and it's disingenuous in the extreme - the VE and its trappings steer people to use it in every way they can, and you keep breaking the "off" switch and saying "not in scope" when called on having done so. That you do this to people who really seriously don't want to be using it is deeply obnoxious behaviour, however good the intentions behind it - David Gerard (talk) 21:54, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Whatamidoing, regardless of technicalities, users do have to deal with VE in some way, either by disabling it (if they are even aware they can), or by breaking the force of habit of clicking "edit". If VE had been added as an additional thing that popped out on hover, there'd be a lot less perception of "being forced". Keep in mind my comments are all framed around perceptions. I'm actually excited about VE and what it has the potential to become, but I understand 100% why people are upset, and it's not all simple reluctance to change. Gigs (talk) 14:00, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Not really 'aggressive', I would say just...insensitive. It has felt like the WMF has not addressed any concerns, and continues to hide behind the excerpt in WP:CONSENSUS that said they don't have to consult the userbase for massive "technical" changes such as these, when it affects so much. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • While I think that VE should have an off-switch, and that its launch was premature, the method of the launch itself I didn't find particularly overbearing.--¿3family6 contribs 13:22, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

5. This survey should have been begun by the VisualEditor team[edit]

To not launch a wide-scale survey on the VisualEditor experience shortly after its launch, and before the scheduled rollout to other Wikipedias, shows a lack of interest in the views of users that should be censured. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support (survey)[edit]

  1. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:04, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Perhaps not a full-blown RFC, but certainly something in greater detail than what was actually carried out. GiantSnowman 08:14, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Support maybe not this particular survey, but surveys have long been a tool for gaining user feedback and improving systems. To ignore them is really exposing a lack of professional experience and measures.--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Everyking (talk) 22:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. It would have been nice to see something organized along the lines of "hey, we just launched something massive, what do you guys think". Something might have been done, but I don't think all the opinions have been taken into account. Only the comments which praise the editor or rollout have really been acknowledged fully by the WMF. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Weak support: I think that the software should have been deployed to a group of volunteer editors (a group I would be willing to participate in) before deploying VE across all of wiki.--¿3family6 contribs 13:29, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It was "deployed to a group of volunteer editors" from December 2012 to June 2013, and you did not participate. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:57, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Oh, I'm sorry. I'm not subscribed to Signpost, so I didn't know anything about VE until it was deployed. The blame lies on me. I usually have no idea what is going on unless I get an invite on my talk. I guess this means I should subscribe to Signpost.--¿3family6 contribs 12:57, 17 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Was there a watchlist notice? Not everyone subscribes to the Signpost... Double sharp (talk) 15:17, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Maybe, yes. I would say weak support. Someone should have done this, not necessary the VE team (although it is the most obvious subject; that's why I support the claim) --Lucas (talk) 00:58, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Weak Support Certainly. And the VE team, having developed this in the first place, should have been the ones to do it, IMHO. Yet I wonder if their results will not simply be biased to fit what they want (i.e. VE is good! Everyone likes it and wants it!) which would completely defeat the purpose of the survey, so I think that in addition to them, there should be some other WMF-independent guy conducting a separate survey... Double sharp (talk) 03:38, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. --Shadak (talk) 16:01, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. The VE team should have been actively seeking community consensus from day one. Instead, they have chosen to ignore the voice of the community; someone needs to rein them in (yes, Jimbo, I'm talking about you). –Wine Guy~Talk 14:56, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Support need in a proper survey and beta testing before launch. Gryllida 08:13, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (survey)[edit]

  1. It shouldn't have been necessary at all if users opinion was correctly accounted for. Patrick87 (talk) 00:08, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. If by "do this particular RFC", hell no. If by "think about usability and patterns and the objective-design-code trade-offs", yeah probably. For instance, I urged them to really understand what and HOW things are bad now. And got brushed of with a "we know it is bad" remark. I think case studies and something a little more ethnography or even industrial engineering based (looking at what goes on) would have given them insights. There was a little bit of "we want to code". I think for instance, this approach would have allowed them to do something a little simpler and quicker wrt table/template/ref callouts (i.e. just display the wikicode itself when someone goes to edit rather than trying to WYSIWYG parallel the functionality.)TCO (talk) 01:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Mostly agree with TCO here. I'm not sure what a "survey" is supposed to be, but per Oliver below, surveys are not generally a very useful form of feedback. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Deployment was too aggressive because the developers wanted a large community of users. A small one was in order. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:19, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. You can't really fix software with surveys. It's sounds like a nice idea, but it really lacks any practical value. - MrX 15:07, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. If the Visual editor people didn't listen to the many complaints filed at the dedicated feedback pages (which require people to actively seek them out and manually add comments), I doubt they would listen to the results of a survey.—Love, Kelvinsong talk 23:20, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:56, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. There was plenty of feedback solicitation, both before and after the deployment. The only "users that should be censured" are the ones who write such awfully worded RFCs. —Psychonaut (talk) 08:04, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. I doubt the WMF team can do an accurate evaluation of what people actually on WP think--their results seem to match their desires, and all too often turn out to be grossly erroneous. DGG ( talk ) 21:59, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. It's near impossible to propose anything here because the majority will oppose it. All I ask is that we have the option to turn it off. There are enough meta troubles pulling people away from editing already. PhnomPencil (talk) 10:10, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. The "team" is incompetent at software engineering, so it obviously cannot handle any additional duties. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:42, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Oppose: Who assembled the Visual Editor team? That's who should have initiated this survey. Dementia13 (talk) 12:29, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Oppose: This is a survey of wikipedians with time for RFCs. That will tend to be wikipedians who like the status quo because many of those who don't have left. There were plenty of earlier surveys which tried to engage the wikipedia userbase on their values regarding a WYSIWYG editor and it's importance. The need for a post-rollout survey only exists in the heads of many of the same wikipedians with time for RFCs who hate VE and are trying to scuttle VE by painting the rollout as a problem. --Monk of the highest order(t) 04:13, 12 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (survey)[edit]

  • We're talking about a survey now. Personally, I don't think a survey is a very good way of measuring things. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 23:11, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • There isn't a section for comments about the position generally, so I'll ask; why do you not think the bugs and slowness are likely to be fixed within a reasonable timeframe? (I say that as the team deploys a set of new patches). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 23:13, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • A week is a long time in a very active website, and if the bugs were that easy to fix, there is no way that VE should have been launched unpatched. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:25, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Sure, but by that standard we'd never be able to launch any software. Wikipedia will always be active; software will always, to some degree, be flawed. Actually we're doing deployments pretty much daily. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 23:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • Few of those actively damage the source of pages on the site, but remain in place. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:38, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          • The same is true of the VE; we've got, off the top of my head, 10 bugs that do that: or did. Three fixes were deployed ~5 minutes ago. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 23:47, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
            • I'm going to have to echo Oliver here in that if we didn't ram it though, a lot of these bugs wouldn't have been spotted. The fact that so many people were able to edit with it and experience the interface is a great thing for developers from the standpoint of bug fixing, even if many people did not like it. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 23:56, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
              • Yet it is also the case that at some critical mass of bugs, you stop worrying about how fast they are getting fixed by user reports, but whether it's actually a useful and working product at that stage of development and whether it should really be released to the public yet. (Or at least, that's what should happen.) Double sharp (talk) 03:36, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
            • (ec)Too little too late? Look, I worked on releasing software for a number of years. But this was simply not ready for prime time. I would have fired anyone who proposed releasing this in the business world as pure incompetence. Beta testing is fine, but this would fail most everyone's beta! Why did the testing not reveal bugs? Simply put the software was too buggy to use. Vegaswikian (talk) 23:59, 10 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
              • Because there are a vast number of permutations of user actions. We had a lot of beta testing - starting in December 2012, the VE was opt-in here. At one point we had 1,000 users using it. But that doesn't account for every possible use case in a highly editable environment. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 00:14, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                • Your right, we did have a long beta test, at the end of which several editors including me told you and the WMF that the product wasn;t ready for launch. We already knew there were problems and they were actively being discovered. So the innocent school boy act is disingenuous. No one was surprised this blew up in the WMF's face. We told them it was going to happen and we were ignored. Kumioko (talk) 00:29, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                  • Actually, that's an interesting question. Oliver, are WMF people actually surprised at the negative reaction? I'd like to note that I've been hugely advocating the VE project for years now and I'm seriously dismayed by way too much of what's happening. (And if you ask "what in particular are you dismayed at?" then I'm not really sure what to say.) - David Gerard (talk) 15:49, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                    • Not massively; frankly if we thought it would be easy we wouldn't have eight people doing it. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but personally I've found myself (a) pretty impressed by the community and (b) hoping that we do a lot more to fix the issues. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 17:13, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                      There is a variety of viewpoints within the WMF, but from what I've overheard, most of the WMF regular staff seem to believe that the overall reaction from the English Wikipedia is less negative than they had expected when they contemplated this project. A major, highly visible change like this immediately results in a huge number of complaints, no matter how perfect it is (and this isn't!), simply because it's a big change and big changes are always disruptive to people who are used to the old system. Therefore, the fact that there have been a lot of complaints during the first eleven days is normal and expected. It was even expected that a handful of editors would publicly refuse to use it, and yet still spend hours and hours complaining about it, rather than writing articles or whatever it was that they normally did (which, looking at a few names, I guess isn't usually writing articles anyway).
                      I may be wrong, but I think that if there are still this many complaints in two or three months, then they'll be extremely concerned. But right now, it's easy to understand how disruptive this huge change is for experienced editors, and one of the predictable, wonderful things about this community is that when experienced editors encounter even a small disruption, they make sure that you know about it. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 22:30, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                      • Whatamidoing, do you really have to resort to this kind of dismissive thought and ad hominems? If people stop "complaining" (i.e. giving feedback) in two or three months, that probably means they have given up on trying to use VE, which should be your worst case scenario to be concerned about. The fraction of non-constructive complaints has been very small compared to the number of absolutely valid bug reports and constructive criticism, that should be taken seriously, not dismissed as "expected noise". Your comment does give insight into how the WMF has become so out of touch, at least. It's exactly this kind of thinking that leads to it. Gigs (talk) 14:15, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                        I don't know, Gigs. If the WMF staff were truly out of touch, then I don't think that they could have accurately predicted the community's response so far.
                        There are certainly some major issues with this product. They have already fixed over 150 bugs, and they have hundreds to go. Fixing bugs and adding editor-requested enhancements as fast as you can is pretty much the opposite of being dismissive. But there are also a few persistent people whose comments here and elsewhere don't look like "constructive criticism", and instead look a lot like the normal, temporary reaction against any disruptive change at any website that users care about. Neither Wikipedia nor VisualEditor are unique in this regard. Major changes are disruptive to the people who were best served by the old system. Even if the end result is eventually accepted as being the most amazing feature in the history of computing (and I'm not nominating VisualEditor for that prize), the fact is that there will inevitably be short-term pain until people get used to the change. Some of what we're seeing now is just the expression of that pain. WhatamIdoing (talk) 00:06, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
                        • How much of it is the expression of said pain (i.e. "They changed it, it sucks") as opposed to the expression of anger at being used as guinea pigs for something that needs serious technical work? (i.e. "I'd love to use this, but it's buggier than a Roach Motel behind a greasy kitchen's fridge") —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 05:39, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • If they thought they would get USEFUL feedback from a survey they would probably have started one, if they had the time. Feedback is pouring in on the feedback page, some of it useful (from a developer's point of view) and a lot of it noise. So what's new? • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 20:00, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm with you Okeyes... I don't think a normal type aggregate survey would be valuable. When it comes to software specifications and usability, people often don't even know what they really want, until they try something and find the pain points. After the users have tried the interface, that post-use feedback from them is extremely important and should be taken very seriously, no matter how trivial it seems. As an example, it may not seem like a big deal to a developer (or even to the user, when presented in the abstract) to take an extra mouse click for a certain action, but if a user does that action all day, it's a big deal for them. They might not realize that until they actually use the interface though.
    • "Normal type aggregate surveys" are typically poorly written and of little value, yes. However, a valuable survey--one that does probe to find the needs and desires of the user base--would have been very valuable. A bad survey does little good, a good survey does very good. I think we can do better here.--Paul McDonald (talk) 00:08, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • If there is a need to do surveying, it should be framed as the collaborative development of a bunch of use-case outlines. We have a wiki here to do collaborative document development, lets use it! Gigs (talk) 14:08, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

6. Wikimedia should disable this software by default[edit]

Enabling buggy software for the editors least able to recognize that they are dealing with a software bug or that they have corrupted an article is irresponsible. The English Wikipedia community does not have the bandwidth, inclination, or responsibility to check every edit made by the Visual Editor and repair it. Until the Visual Editor is far more stable and the majority of identified bugs have been corrected, it should be disabled except for editors that are consciously intending to test it.

Support (disable)[edit]

  1. Kww(talk) 01:16, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. For now, its too buggy, missing too many feature to be more than at a test state. I've been building a state of play document at Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Known problems which makes it clear how incomplete it is. Revert back to an opt-in, fix the bugs, implement the features, and then when it works to a better level resume the roadmap.--Salix (talk): 01:35, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. New users are deleting references due to VE, when trying to insert some new text.--Vigyanitalkਯੋਗਦਾਨ 05:01, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Support PantherLeapord (talk) 07:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Support Suppose you're in the Indianapolis 500. You're on lap #15 and everybody is whizzing past you. And you take a good look at your car and realize you're in a Yugo. How many more laps do you take before you pull into the pit and get into the proper car? The Visual Editor, as it stands now, is the wrong editor. It should be rolled back immediately. It is embarrassing to Wikipedia and highly disruptive to the process of editing articles.--Paul McDonald (talk) 11:25, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Support, and I suggest the Oppose !voters read Kww's comment below. This should be an opt-in tool, as opposed to opt-out. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 02:09, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Support, in its present state VE does some good and some harm. Should be disabled for now, until it can be stabilized and behave better. I assume Good Faith in the developers, but that AGF doesn't automatically extend to their progeny. Maybe VE2.0 will offer more "bang for the bug" as it were. Also "opt-in" sounds real nice.--R.S. Peale (talk) 05:17, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Support...sort-of. When somebody logs in for the first time, there should be an option saying 'you can use this plaintext editor or the source editor'. - The Bushranger One ping only 11:27, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. Support Just as we should let those who don't want to use it not use it, we should let those who do want to test it and make it usable test it. But we should not force buggy source text-corrupting products on everyone to use and then actively encourage them to use it by making it ever more difficult not to. Double sharp (talk) 13:23, 12 July 2013 (UTC) changed from Oppose, see below Double sharp (talk) 13:24, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Support with caveats: I presume an "opt-in" is what's intended here. Do we really need millions of users before the basic problems are sorted? Probably not. This is undertested software, and, now that everyone knows about it, I'm sure many would choose to opt-in for further testing and development. The precipitous rush to foist unfinished software on everyone, without even having an opt-out at launch, instead making people create a gadget hack to get around it, then attempting to hide the existence of the gadget, was a public relations disaster on the WMF's fault, which only served to screw up the chances of a successful test. Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:09, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Support Highly disruptive to the process of editing articles, it should be disabled except for editors that are consciously intending to test it. KhabarNegar Talk 20:11, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Support It's probably tested better than most Microsoft software, but it's not ready for release. Personally, I think it should be unreleased now, rather than just changing to opt-in, because of the number of known, but unreported (to the editor) serious errors. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:37, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. I agree. Pseudonymous Rex (talk) 00:28, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. If we have to have it on enwiki in a buggy, incomplete state, best that it be off by default. Once it's working properly, it will be an entirely different matter. Anaxial (talk) 18:08, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. As Anaxial. But even in good condition it should at least have an opt-out to completely disabling it. The Banner talk 23:15, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. Support - If it does get added in the future, there should be an OPT-OUT option in our one minds editing articles whilst taking their time so i really do not see how this tool will be any useful and it will also make it a bit hard to add refs, edit templates etc..--Stemoc (talk) 12:21, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Support. It doesn't work correctly, and editors who are most likely to make damaging edits because of its faults are also most likely to be unable to disable it themselves. Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (talk) 13:09, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. Until it reaches a state where it is fully usable in the namespaces without bugs. Jguy TalkDone 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Like Bushranger said, it should be given as a choice at user registration. -- cyclopiaspeak! 10:19, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. Support per User:The Bushranger & User:KhabarNegar!! - →Davey2010→→Talk to me!→ 19:12, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. Matthiasb (talk) 15:56, 19 July 2013 (UTC) who needs it can activate it but if this is going to get the default for IPs then we will get chaos in many, many articles.Reply[reply]
  22. --Ilya (talk) 18:55, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. It continues to break articles and waste my time.  Sandstein  22:25, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. When a stable version will be ready, I'll be its first user. --Lucas (talk) 00:59, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Support It unfortunately just isn't ready. I wish it were, because I need it for planned instruction of non-computer savvy prospective users. DGG ( talk ) 02:52, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. Make it optional like other gadgets. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:20, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27. Per AFBorchert, Sandstein, and others above and below, we don't need a new gadget that completely changes how Wikipedia had worked for the previous 10 or so years, this tool is just going to attract a certain crowd of editors who we don't need in this project. Secret account 23:45, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  28. Don't even think about making any alternative the default until it can handle each and every content that the traditional editor can. Currently, the VE cannot handle (incomplete list): talk pages, the introduction of an article, math, non-roman characters, image galeries.
  29. Make it optional, because at the moment it is just annoying due to the lack of features. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 11:48, 21 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  30. --Roberto Segnali all'Indiano 12:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  31. Strong support, at least until bugs are fixed, enhancements are implemented, and evidence is shown that enabling it results in more/better edits by newcomers (current statistics seem to demonstrate quite the opposite). --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 04:09, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  32. Since the tool is not exactly useful at the moment, the reasonable thing to do is to disable it for anyone who does not volunteer to test it. --Martynas Patasius (talk) 00:06, 24 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  33. Not ready for prime time. EllenCT (talk) 21:45, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  34. This software seems to have been designed by the anti-Wikipedians who want to see the project fail. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 22:44, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  35. Support - VE is clearly not yet stable enough to be used by inexperienced editors. Go back to volunteer beta testing mode ASAP. Gandalf61 (talk) 09:53, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  36. Support for the reasons I gave above. This editor is a horrible idea. I often make small corrections (one single letter in the case that led me to comment here) and was sandbagged by this bullshit visual editor thing today after being away for a few months. I prefer to edit as an IP and am worried that when this thing is disabled it'll require logging in to take advantage. Please nuke it. I will think twice about fixing spelling after my experience today. (talk) 22:04, 27 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    And thus, we see a case study where the editor is rejected by the group it's intended to work for...
    @ given that this VE was intended to make the editing experience for new editors and IP editors easier, I suspect your comment here will be taken with more weight than you might think! Double sharp (talk) 10:54, 28 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  37. Support VE is annoyingly slow, causes strange issues like this, and actually seems to make new users less inclined to edit, per the statistics. King Jakob C2 12:17, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  38. --Shadak (talk) 16:01, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  39. -Rushton2010 (talk) 18:48, 29 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  40. It's not even a question of whether or not it's buggy: It's a feature that's added to one of the world's highest-trafficked web sites, its going to have unpredictable side effects, and it's not going to be useful for all readers. This has to be an "opt-in" feature, not an "opt-out". Dementia13 (talk) 12:22, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  41. Maybe for now, temporarily, or maybe better just as an opt-in instead of an opt-out. I'm not saying that VE couldn't become a real good thing in the future. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:19, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  42. Wasell(T) 11:22, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  43. This should be off by default now and forever. Allow registered editors to opt-in when and if it ever works. –Wine Guy~Talk 15:00, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  44. Yes, please, turn off, but not forever. :) Gryllida 08:13, 6 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oppose (disable)[edit]

  1. What's done is done. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:28, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Onwards and upwards! You haven't presented the case for the volume of bad edits and I'm not experiencing it in my edits around the 'pedia. Also, a fair case needs to also show the positive effects (whatever they are, show the trade off, be two-sided). Also, your statement of action is a little disconnected from the smaller text below which is "platitudey". But that's a nit, man. Don't get mad and please keep fixing my pictures and sounds please.  ;-) (I can't produce good content on my own...hmmm...maybe there is a tiny thing to the idea of Wiki collaboration). TCO (talk) 01:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Filter 550 monitors only one class of common problem with VE: its inability to cope with editors that directly insert wikimarkup in visual mode. That volume of problems alone would justify my opinion.—Kww(talk) 01:38, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Oppose: As noted above, no user has to use it at all, and only has to move their mouse a few millimeters to the right before clicking to avoid using it forever. No one is being forced to use it, despite the false impression given by the tone of many of these questions, and while it has faults and problems, none of these questions does any good in resolving these faults, but seems to merely be a means for some community members to vent about not being personally consulted at every step along the way for their singular approval before roll-out. I wouldn't mind seeing many improvements to the Visual Editor, but there's no way this questionnaire is a useful medium to achieve those needed changes. --Jayron32 01:50, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. VE being 'on' by default is not a real issue, but being unable to turn it completely off easily is. GiantSnowman 08:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. No, but it does need a proper, supported off switch - David Gerard (talk) 11:27, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. What David Gerard said. —Tom Morris (talk) 11:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Oppose for the moment, but I agree it really needs an obvious off switch. It took me a while to find it and I'm fairly experienced. Dougweller (talk) 14:24, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. I think the sorftware, even in it's current state, is a net positive, especially for new editors. I'm confident that the developers will take our feedback to heart and continue making improvements. - MrX 15:05, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. No, leave it default for new editors who won't know about "gadgets". Just don't turn it on until it works. Reaper Eternal (talk) 15:21, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Oppose per David Gerard and Reaper Eternal. I would not advocate such an extreme choice – I feel that if someone wants to use it, let's not stop them. But by the same token, if someone doesn't want to use it, we should not stop them either, and that is not what is happening: they are practically being stopped. Double sharp (talk) 15:37, 11 July 2013 (UTC) changed to Support – misread Kww's statement; see his below comment Double sharp (talk) 13:23, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. The strategy has achieved much of its intended objective - to get feedback on unknown bugs. Lots of bugs, lots of feedback, some even useful. If you don't like it just don't use it. I find it almost entirely ignorable. It wouldn't bother me at all except for the flashing edit links. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 20:05, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. No. It's really not that disruptive. --LukeSurl t c 00:21, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. If VE is useful at all it's mainly for newbies (everybody else should have got known to Wikitext by now). Disabling it by default will make it essentially inaccessible for newbies (who opens preferences and activates a feature he/she doesn't even know of yet?). Therefore it should be opt-out. --Patrick87 (talk) 09:14, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    If the new users we get at #wikipedia-en-help on IRC are any indication, it's no less confusing than the plaintext editor, in part because of the tag corruption issues. —Jeremy v^_^v Bori! 19:07, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 11:56, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. The real problem has nothing to do with whether this feature is turned on or turned off, but that it was released to general users too soon. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:24, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. As much as I want core users to be able to permanently disable VE, I think VE is only valuable for newbies if it is the default editor. So, no, it should not be disabled by default. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 00:42, 20 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. Visual editor is a step in the right direction, if it is disabled all of that will likely be lost! ·addshore· talk to me! 12:06, 21 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Per TTO. Legoktm (talk) 02:36, 22 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. Of course not. It's good for the newbies who won't even realize they can turn something on (or off) for quite a while. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 21:55, 26 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yet, in its current state, I'm wondering if it is even good for the newbies... Double sharp (talk) 10:55, 28 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Without being on by default, VE will overwhelmingly remain unused and have no large-scale benefit for the project. Although fixing outstanding issues is important, it is already more than adequate today for the large majority of simple prose edits made by occasional editors. Dcoetzee 03:39, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. I continue to believe VisualEditor should be the default way of editing Wikipedia for most users. Robofish (talk) 00:39, 4 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. It should be default for the very same reason we have Visual Editor. Because everyone can use a visual editor to edit text but only a few people want to use the text version or have time or want to learn how to edit templates in wikitext. The option that more people want to use (a statistic not represented in a survey of wikipedia's savvy enough to use an RFC) should be the default. Unlike most people here, the general public is not familiar with wikitext and (demonstrably from wikipedia's decreasing editor numbers and survey results) does not have the inclination to learn it and that is causing a problem. It is not acceptable to simply throw out the body of knowledge provided by such a large swath of the public (by hiding away the VE in unfamiliar options where they might not realize it even exists) just because they are not as comfortable with technical things like markup languages, and because you (people familiar with wikipedia, who will already know about wikitext and that VE can be opted out-of) can't be bothered to go into options. --Monk of the highest order(t) 04:21, 12 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Neutral (disable)[edit]

  1. The software should not be turned on or off automatically. New users should have been presented the choice to either turn it on or not, while current users should have been given notification upon login that the new software was available and asked if they want to use it. Toa Nidhiki05 18:55, 15 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. I think this egg is well and truly scrambled by now. It's been deployed, and I don't think it's helpful or realistic to talk about rolling it back entirely at this stage. Lankiveil (speak to me) 11:40, 16 July 2013 (UTC).Reply[reply]
  3. I think it would have been better as an opt-in initially. At this point, there's no use crying over spilt milk, I just think that it shouldn't be implemented as default for anons until all features are built.--¿3family6 contribs 13:33, 16 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments (disable)[edit]

  1. I read over the opposes, and it's clear to me that people are reading something that I didn't write. I didn't say to blow this up. I said to make it so that it was only available to people that consciously know that they are testing it. An editor that has never edited before and doesn't know how to check that his edit was successful shouldn't be presented with an "edit" button that leads to buggy software. This needs to be software that experienced editors consciously turn on if they want to, not software that you have to learn how to avoid. I don't see how this is an "extreme choice" at all.—Kww(talk) 16:24, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

7. VisualEditor, as currently deployed, is a useful feature[edit]

Support (useful)[edit]

  1. Ypnypn (talk) 20:56, 11 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. It's nice for copyediting, which is what I have mostly been using it for. — This, that and the other (talk) 01:10, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Weak support I find it useful, although this is purely anecdotal and likely not worth a lot. The opposes likely do raise valid points but I have not encountered any bugs or misedits to actually rescind the feature (again anecdotal on my part, your mileage may vary), IRWolfie- (talk) 10:39, 12 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Whole-hearted support The VE has improved fast since its deployment and the way it is going, I have no doubt that it will quickly obsoletize the source editor interface. Sorry, I do not see much use for this RFC. The future, including the near future, belongs to the VE.OrangesRyellow (talk) 16:38, 13 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. ¿3family6 contribs 13:36, 16 July 2013 (UTC) It certainly comes in handy a lot of times, and is quicker then wading through massive wiki-code, especially when there are a lot of references. The only thing preventing me from using it all the time is the problem of lost content in edit conflicts, timing out issues, and the lack of support for wikitables and a lot of templates.Reply[reply]
  6. Support It has no problem with simple prose additions and corrections, which constitute a lot of edits both for me and for occasional editors - for this type of edit it presents the advantage that you don't have to locate the corresponding point in the wikitext. I think it will become more useful for other types of edits as it's improved. Dcoetzee 09:29, 3 August 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply