Web browser: ---
Bug ID: 60566
Summary: Pencil icon feels misleading when the user does not
have edit permission
Product: MediaWiki extensions
CC: aricha...@wikimedia.org, jgon...@wikimedia.org,
Mobile Platform: ---
I view pages anonymously using the mobile website, and the pencil icon
indicates that I can edit the page. However, a page with the strange text
"Help with this page" appears, giving me the option to Login or Sign up, but
without really explaining the connection between "Hey, you can't edit this page
because you are anonymous. Please log in for better experience."
This is a pretty glaring inconsistency when compared to the behavior in desktop
skins, where it is very clear when you cannot edit a page for various reasons.
At the very least, the pencil icon should be modified to indicate that the user
does not actually have permission to edit. My suggestion would be to switch
out the pencil icon for a circle-"i" Info icon, which brings up a page with
metainfo, plus text explaining that anonymous mobile editing is not enabled,
would you like to register yourself?
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