Ticket #1197 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 23 months ago

Add JavaScript guide for CKAN

Reported by: timmcnamara Owned by:
Priority: awaiting triage Milestone: ckan-backlog
Component: ckan Keywords: ui
Cc: Repository: ckan
Theme: none


A new library, guiders.js, has been open sourced that seems to be great at unobtrusively introducing new users to features of websites.

The library drives Optimizely's website. The GitHub repo is here: https://github.com/jeff-optimizely/Guiders-JS

Some examples:



Change History

comment:1 Changed 23 months ago by seanh

  • Milestone set to ckan-backlog

comment:2 Changed 23 months ago by toby

personally I'm against these for 4 reasons

a) The site should be self explanatory and if it is not this is a failure of design

b) a cookie would be needed to prevent these happening all the time - cookies are bad as they interfere with caching proxies.

c) I find stuff like this patronising/annoying for the user

d) They are a maintenance burden for ckan as we do not have a single instance

Therefore I'd suggest closing this as a won't fix - I agree this is just a personal view point and therefore am not going to actually close the ticket but just record my opinion.

comment:3 Changed 23 months ago by seanh

Hi Toby, yes I think I agree with you, it reminds me of when I install new Android apps on my phone, some of them start off by bothering me with some sort of guided tour or long instructional text, I hate this and always skip through without reading it, expecting to be able to figure out the interface for myself.

The one thing that something like this could be useful is, rather than showing someone how to use the site, showing them what the site is capable of so they can assess whether it meets their needs/is something they're interested in. However, we already have a good guided tour of this type on ckan.org/features, those pages are really pretty good.

Close this as wontfix?

comment:4 Changed 23 months ago by toby

Thinking horrible thoughts, there was a rumour of a ckan tour, for something like that this would be useful.

Not sure where that plan is at? if there is a ticket for it maybe link to this one and close?

comment:5 Changed 23 months ago by seanh

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix

AFAIK there isn't a ticket for that, it was something originally requested as part of the demo site, but since the devs think it's a horrible idea I don't think it's going to happen, easiest way to make a CKAN tour would be a series of static pages like the one we already have on ckan.org, I think that combined with a real functioning demo site probably meets the requirement.

Anyway, closing this as wontfix

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