SKingList (skinglist) wrote in suggestions,

Validation Error Messages

Validation Error Messages

Short, concise description of the idea
Validation error messages need to be consistent throughout the site. In addition, there should be a spot on the site where a user can check as to whether he or she is currently validated.

Full description of the idea
Currently, when you try to post to a moderated community via Semagic without a validated e-mail address it returns the message that is described here. However, other areas on the site refer to it as 'validated' rather than authenticated--which can lead to confusion. In addition, there does not appear to be a page that allows a user to check whether s/he is validated. I only found out when I viewed my support request, and I only knew that would tell me because I did Support for a year. I think there should be a page (as there is whereami.bml for checking cluster) for checking validation status.

An ordered list of benefits

  • -less confusion
  • -a user knows instantly whether s/he is validated, transitioning, etc. Perhaps this page could also lead to the FAQ that tells how to validate your e-mail address in case the user doesn't know how.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • honestly, I don't think this will have any drawbacks. Another page to the site? I don't think that's much of a problem. Feel free to let me know of any I'm missing.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • -someone writes the code that checks for validation (similar to whereami.bml checking for cluster)
  • -page is linked to from site pages
  • -choose one term for the status of e-mail addresses (validated/authenticated/whatever) and change all error messages to say the same.
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