VisualEditor: Clarify beta explanation text
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User:Hhhippo notes that the language "VisualEditor is in 'beta' and so many not let you edit everything yet" is likely to be very confusing to those who are not techie or wiki insiders. New users may understand better if "VisualEditor" was explained or replaced with more general language such as "This editing software".

While we're talking about clarifying language, I wonder if those same new editors would benefit from a note that they can use "edit source" if a feature they need does not work.


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Severity: enhancement

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(In reply to comment #0)

User:Hhhippo notes that the language "VisualEditor is in 'beta' and so many
not let you edit everything yet" is likely to be very confusing to those who
are not techie or wiki insiders. New users may understand better if
"VisualEditor" was explained or replaced with more general language such as
"This editing software".

While we're talking about clarifying language, I wonder if those same new
editors would benefit from a note that they can use "edit source" if a
feature they need does not work.

This language has already been changed (but not deployed yet - that will be this afternoon) to:

VisualEditor is in 'beta'. You may encounter software issues, and you may
not be able to edit parts of the page. Click "Edit source" to switch to
wikitext mode – unsaved changes will be lost.

I think this makes this a bit clearer, though not perfect.

I think this is now better; closing.

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