[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #1828: Improve Screenshots section

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Wed Aug 24 07:06:57 UTC 2016

#1828: Improve Screenshots section
 Reporter:  samuelsidler      |       Owner:  mapk
     Type:  task              |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  high              |   Milestone:  Plugin Directory v3 - M7
Component:  Plugin Directory  |  Resolution:
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Comment (by samuelsidler):

 > This, to me, is the crux of the problem. It appears we are not seeking
 the best way to present variable-height screenshots with captions. Rather
 we are seeking the best way to do so within the ''self-imposed limitations
 of a one-page layout''. Despite overwhelming community feedback, concerns
 from the design team, and concerns expressed in this ticket, we continue
 down this path.

 This goes a bit beyond the topic here (and this discussion should move
 elsewhere), but it's important to keep in mind a few things as we continue
 to work on the plugin directory.

 First, we're building the site for users, not developers. Certainly some
 of our users are developers, but ''not the vast majority''. One of the
 [https://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/ WordPress core philosophies] is
 building first for the 80%, not the 20%, and that applies in this case as

 Second, almost all of the "overwhelming community feedback" we've received
 so far is from plugin authors who are (typically) developers. It's all
 great feedback and we're obviously listening closely. But it's not
 ''necessarily'' representative of the users who visit the plugin directory
 regularly. We'll certainly run user tests before launching, and we can
 probably run a more obvious beta, with a link from the current directory
 to the new one. But the directory isn't yet ready for that.

 Third, this "self-imposted limitation" as you call it is not arbitrary.
 Rather, it's the result of [https://make.wordpress.org/design/2016/03/15
 /various-web-store-flow-explorations/ research] and in-person discussion
 with a number of designers. Will it be the final design? I dunno. But
 since we haven't tested it with real users (see the paragraph above), it's
 hard to say right now.

 I think pursuing this direction is worthy for a number of reasons, which
 aren't really worth rehashing here. First and foremost though, until we
 build out a product that can run through user tests, we won't know if it's
 the right direction.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1828#comment:41>
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