Comments on History tab are not intuitive RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • For anonymous user it's absolutely non-intuitive to head off to History tab to look for comments. 

    Also, IMHO, authoring comments related to a particular version should not be mixed with comments left by readers.

    Best solution probably would be separate comments tab reserved for readers comments with authoring comments (perhaps renamed) staying on History tab.

    As an interim measure, an anchored link to the comments on History tab would help (that is, if it's possible).



    George Doubinski, MVP
    Monday, March 21, 2011 11:08 PM

All replies

  • First of all George, thanks for reviving our forum! =^)

    To clarify, the reader comments are on the bottom of the Article page. So a reader should not be going to the History tab to look for comments.

    I think the reader might be confused by the Comment number marker on the right of the pages and might therefore think that all the comments are only in the History tab. But the truth is that people comment a lot more about editing the article than they do about what's on the article page. I think that's okay.

    However, you have a great point (and one that's on our feature suggestions thread): we need to have History/revision comments decoupled from Article comments. They either need to be a separate stat on the article page ("Edit notes") or they shouldn't even be listed on the article page.

    Ed Price, Technical Writer, Blog (, Twitter (
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:34 PM
  • But to play the devil's advocate to myself, I would wonder how this feature would rank against automating external links with a tag. I think the external links would be a higher priority. Or perhaps fixing Editor bugs might be a higher priority (but we'll have to wait until after summer to see how the current attempts pan out).


    Ed Price, Technical Writer, Blog (, Twitter (
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:37 PM