The edit window on the English Wikipedia has 22 buttons, most of which are not needed by the beginner. Honestly, I wonder how many experts use them, too — can we get numbers on that?
- It's now 23 buttons. I do doubt that we can get numbers on how many expert editors use them - and it's not clear what it would mean if we had those numbers.
If we can agree on a set of basic skills that we wish to teach the NIH participants, I suggest that we pare down the edit buttons to, say, 7 buttons that (1) correspond to those skills and (2) actually make the task more convenient.
- The absolutely important ones are (A):
- Internal link (wikilink)
- Level 2 heading
- File (image) insertion
- Signing (discussion page)
- Citation template
- Secondary importance (B):
- External link (assuming that we can show them how to use tools to automatically generate citations; otherwise, this should be in group A)
- Media link (video/audio)
- Unnecessary for beginners (C):
- Math formula
- Horizontal line
- Hidden comment
- Picture gallery
- Block quotation
What's also helpful about MarkS' script is that clicking on the buttons often provokes a fill-in-the-blanks form that guides an editor through creating the more complicated elements, e.g., tables and citation template references. I recommend that we develop those fill-in-the-blanks forms to make them more convenient, and perhaps integrate the referencing one with Diberri's tool, which generates a full citation template from the PMID code.
- Great, if there is enough time before mid-July to do this, and test it thoroughly.