Morbid Curiosity (morbid_curious) wrote in suggestions,
Morbid Curiosity

Navigation strip - link wording/position change

Navigation strip - link wording/position change

Short, concise description of the idea
Changing the text of the "hide this message" link to something less ambiguous, to avoid user mistakes when removing the navigation strip.

Full description of the idea
With the navigation strip recently becoming switched on by default, a number of people who didn't want it have had difficulties in trying to remove it. I'd like to suggest changing the "hide this message" link to something a little less ambiguous, such as "hide this link" or "hide this option".

If one mistakenly clicks on this link hoping to remove the navigation strip, the option to remove it (the "change/remove" link) permanently disappears. One must then hunt through the FAQs or "Manage Accounts" menus to find the right place to turn it off. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that users may not know that the feature is referred to as a "navigation strip", even if they do look at the FAQs or appropriate settings menu.

The mistake is made all the more likely by placing the link in the top-right of the interface - a similar place to other "close window/bar" buttons such as those used in security/popup bar alerts in both IE and Firefox. Perhaps switching its position with that of the "change/remove" link would further lower the chance of mistakes being made.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Making it easier/more intuitive for users to remove the navigation strip if desired

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • May require similar changes in other (non-English) language settings, if the navigation strip is internationalized at all

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • The position swap should be a fairly simple template change
Tags: documentation, navigation strip, usability, § rejected
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