[chandler-users] The troublesome 'Remove' word: alternatives?

Delphine Ménard notafishz at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 13:40:51 PST 2009


On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 22:30, William K. Volkman
<wkvchandler at netshark.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> On Tue, 2009-01-13 at 13:24, Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
>> Why offer two choices at all? Why not only offer one choice --
>> "Delete" -- and if the entry belongs in multiple collection, pop up a
>> dialog asking if the user wants to remove the entry from all
>> collections?
>
> Please DO NOT add a pop-up, those encumber and slow down the triage
> process and thus interfere with the goal of "Getting Things Done".
>
>> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM, Graham Perrin <G.J.Perrin at bton.ac.uk> wrote:
>> >
>> > <http://chandlerproject.org/Projects/ChandlerGlossary#R>
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >> difference between Remove and Delete gets users into trouble all the time
>> >>
>
> Surely not more than once.  I didn't even have documentation when I
> started, the difference between remove and delete was clear from the
> start.
>
>> > I can't argue that the end result is troublesome.
>> >
>> > I can argue that one of the two expressions is simply too much like the
>> > other, and we should rarely/never have to educate users of Chandler about
>> > the way that Chandler works. (Chandler Philosophy stuff ... for the way that
>> > humans work, and all that.)
>> >
>> > So. Give up on the word 'Remove'.
>
> Please don't, it is semantically correct - remove the item from the
> collection.   Confusion may be introduced by the shortcut, the delete
> key (which actually was remove on the ANSI keyboard - but Microsoft had
> other plans, like turning the delete key into the backspace).

Is it really excluded to write "Remove from collection"?
I tend to agree here, this is the most semantically correct one.

Cheers,

Delphine

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