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Item4845: TWikiPreferences is very confusing

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When you first install and go to Main.TWikiPreferences to set a preference, you are confronted with a button that claims to let you edit preferences. Click on it and nothing useful happens - try it!

You have to manually edit the topic to add preferences.

This is a major problem for new users IMHO.

-- TWiki:Main/CrawfordCurrie - 18 Oct 2007

Erm - I noticed that when installing the beta, clicked the button, went back, slightly startled. But then I read the text after the button:

| Quick edit of existing preferences (edit the topic text to set new preferences) |

So, while I agree that it is a nuisance, I'd still call it a nuisance that can be lived with. "Normal" should be good enough for this sort of bugs.

-- TWiki:Main.HaraldJoerg

I think a whole new feature is needed to address this very generic issue.

I think someone should think an idea and raise it as a feature request.

I am no actioning this because the real bugs drown if we keep these sort of idea bugs open.

I do share the view that the copying of preferences from TWiki. to Main. TWikiPreferences is confusing and I am sure most edit the TWiki. version which works but is a pain once you have to upgrade. But it will take more than a few bug fixing code lines to fix it. And first we need an idea and spec on Codev before we can get back here and raise a bug item to resolve it.

-- TWiki:Main.KennethLavrsen - 30 Jul 2008

Summary TWikiPreferences is very confusing
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.CrawfordCurrie
Codebase 4.2.0
SVN Range TWiki-4.3.0, Fri, 12 Oct 2007, build 15261
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Priority Normal
CurrentState No Action Required


TargetRelease n/a

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