Wordpress: An unlikely error

I am writing this post on a WordPress blog. I have always admired the simplicity and intuitiveness in their interface. And I am sure this is just a small slip that went unnoticed, so I will keep my criticism to minimum.

Look at the following alert.

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 8.10.56 AM

It informs the user that any changes not saved as draft would be lost if the user cancels the post. So what would you click? Cancel? because you are supposed to confirm an action that ‘cancels’ or ‘Ok’ because you agree and understand what this alert is trying to communicate?

I must confess I clicked on ‘Cancel’ once before realising that I should have done otherwise 🙂

One cannot stress the importance of devising the right labels enough. If the word ‘Cancel’ appears at the end of the message, perhaps it would have been better to provide ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Buttons. But if WordPress has to maintain consistency among all alert message action labels, it would’ve been better to just remove the last line of the message.

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