Better Wording Needed For After The Deadline Prompt

I’ve used the After The Deadline service for a long time. In fact, I think I’ve been using it ever since Automattic acquired it in 2009. I proofread almost every post before it’s published. However, I’ve recently been struck by the wording of the AtD prompt once I schedule or publish a post. If you don’t use AtD, here is what it looks like.

After The Deadline Prompt

The wording in this prompt is all wrong. There have been at least a couple of instances where I have pressed OK thinking that the After The Deadline spell checker would Update my post with the necessary corrections or, allow me to actually update the errors in the post but instead, end up publishing the post. I think the most important wording that needs to be changed is the part that says “Press OK To Update Your Post“. So I’m throwing this out to everyone else to not only see how many people have mistakenly pressed OK only to have their post be published or scheduled, but also ask what do you think the wording of this prompt should be changed to? While were at it, perhaps I’m the only one screwing things up around here and it’s not really a problem. After all, I believe the prompt has been this way for a long time.

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  1. That’s a good idea. I can see how confusing this could be. Instead of the standard “OK” and “Cancel” buttons, it might be best to change the wordings on these buttons to something more specific:

    * Automatically update and publish
    * Review the suggestions and do the changes yourself

    I took note of your remark and created a ticket on the plugin trac:
    http://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1882

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  2. That’s actually one of the reasons why I stopped using AtD — it was just too damn confusing.

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  3. @Jeremy – Thank you Jeremy. I was going to get in touch with someone that is part of the UI/UX team but they didn’t know much about AtD and I did a Google as well as a Trac search for a similar issue and didn’t see one. So posting about it was the next best thing. Glad to see I’m not crazy and that the wording or the buttons could be changed to allow a better experience.

    @Jim – What’s confusing about it? All of the squiggly lines or how it works?

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  4. Yeah, the wording is definitely messed up.

    Off-the-cuff suggestion:

    The proofreader has suggestions for this post. Would you like to review those suggestions before publishing?

    Press OK to publish the post as is. Press cancel to view the suggestions and edit your post.

    Or,

    The proofreader has suggestions for this post. Would you like to review those suggestions before publishing?

    And then have the buttons read:

    Update Now and View Suggestions

    Of course, in a perfect world, you could have an actual prompt to go through the suggestions inside the same modal, without having to do any “cancel and review” stuff — you know, like how Word offers up spelling and grammar suggestions before saving/quitting the document.

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  5. It has indeed created a number of situations with new posters on sites I manage posting articles that needed editing.

    I think it needs a simple tweak. “Edit” & “Post” buttons. With Edit button being first as most users will click the first button

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