Problem: Many people are using "colored buttons", purely for high-visibility. (example list, below). Many of them use the exact OOUI scheme.
- This undermines the meaning the colors/buttons are meant to have.
- It makes any broken or vandalised link, into something that erodes trust in the actual interface. (e.g. "the last time I clicked a big green button it didn't work [or took me somewhere horrible]...")
Solution (suggested): We should provide a distinct/different set of styles to the community, to help them achieve this visibility purpose, without their resorting to "buttons" that are 100% ambiguous with site UI.
Context: The OOUI color-buttons are intended to have specific meanings, per
Sample list of problems (I.e. these are just plain links, but are given fancy styling for increased visibility):
Semi-relevant usages, but using the wrong color
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Good_articles/GA_Cup/FAQ (green instead of blue)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_creation/Redirects/Header (green and white instead of blue)
- https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorlage:Bitte_erst_NACH_dieser_Zeile_schreiben!_%28Begr%C3%BC%C3%9Fungskasten%29 (green instead of blue)
Mixture of appropriate and inappropriate:
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Clickable_button (1,141 transclusions)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Clickable_button_2 (434,942 transclusions)
(Close, but not exact copies of OOUI)
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Clickable_button (36,624 transclusions)
Note: the easiest way to find these examples, is to search the projects for insource:"mw-ui-progressive" (and -constructive and -destructive and -button). E.g. https://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sp%C3%A9cial:Recherche&search=insource%3A%22mw-ui-progressive%22&fulltext=Rechercher&profile=all