Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Archive/Replace or supplement mobile pencil icon with "edit" in square brackets and A/B test editing uptake

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  • Problem: The pencil icon is not necessarily a call to action, and may be partially responsible for less editing on the mobile web interface.
  • Who would benefit: Mobile users interested in editing.
  • Proposed solution: Replace or supplement the mobile presentation's pencil icon with "[edit]".
  • More comments: This is not intended to be a subjective design decision proposal, but rather an objective measurement of which choice results in more editing.
  • Phabricator tickets:


Hi James Salsman: This isn't a technical proposal, it's a design decision by another team. I'm going to archive this proposal; thanks for participating in the survey. -- DannyH (WMF) (talk) 18:36, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

@DannyH (WMF): would you please restore it to the mobile team proposals? It's not intended to be a proposal for human design judgement, but a UI change based on objective A/B testing of which output causes greater numbers of edits. James Salsman (talk) 08:59, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
James Salsman: Coming up with alternative icons and testing them is a project for a design researcher. It's just not something that the Community Tech team is able to do. Sorry to give you a disappointing answer. -- DannyH (WMF) (talk) 19:56, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
No problem, thanks for trying! James Salsman (talk) 11:51, 24 November 2017 (UTC)