What's the point in having a feedback forum if the moderators are just going to bait people Otto?
So, moderators are not allowed to have opinions?
I encourage you to reread my posts, but this time leave your own bias out of it. I am trying to have a straightforward discussion, not to "bait" anybody.
To me this confirms my original point. Changing the menu to the left was not necessarily the most significant benefit of CrazyHorse. The most beneficial aspect of the CrazyHorse UI was to simply have a large 'Write Post' button in the the top left part of the UI.
This is now gone.
Instead the short cut is placed in the top right of the screen which is not a natural place for a westerners eye to view.
... Again, I have to say that this seems extremely minor to me. Left, right, once you know where it is then you know where it is and it's not confusing anymore.
Also, "Westerners" are not the only people who use WordPress. You might want to consider your bias here.
There are three main actions for the majority of uses:
1. Write Post
2. Edit Posts
3. Moderate Comments
Having three big buttons in the top left corner for these three activities would drastically increase usability and intuitiveness for both new and experienced users.
Two of those are in the very top menu (which stays open if you leave it open) and moderate comments is not something usually accessed via menu. Generally it's via link from email. And anyway, moderate comments has been drastically improved with keyboard shortcuts for speed and ease of use.
Also note that those actions are hotlinked from the main dashboard area, where it tells you how many comments you have to moderate and so forth. Clicking those links is fairly intuitive.
The Icons are worthless in adding usability and in fact can inhibit it.
Having the Icons in the menu mean that there is less room for the words and therefore the fonts are smaller.
Better to have no icons, bigger fonts, and faster load times.
Graphical visual cues improve usability and help people find things faster. Also, that seems like a minor nitpick to me, since they're only like 16px.
I find the long left hand menu a pain in my 15.4 inch laptop and even worse on a netbook. Constant scrolling.
I thought you wanted bigger fonts. That would mean more scrolling. You're being a bit inconsistent here, friend.
1. In theory there may be a benefit that you can get to anything because its only 2 clicks maximum away but I for me its difficult find and see anything with the new left hand menu. The overall effect of the left hand menu is poor readability. Others have confirmed this experience.
You know, font size is up to you, not to the browser. Increase the browser's font size. WordPress does not specify pixel size fonts, like any good semantic webpage should.
And yes, reorganization will make it more difficult at first, but the reorg is an improvemenmt, over time. You're judging too early, the thing has only been out a week.
2. Most of the items in the left hand menu are probably accessed less than 5% of the time users are in their wordpress admin. I'm talking about plugins, settings, pages etc. Why have these in the main menu when all it does is clutters the menu and makes it more difficult to see and access the main tasks?
If you'll notice, they have been grouped together into specific menus, and are at the bottom. Meaning that a) you can close them and they take less space, and b) they're at the bottom and off the screen, so if you don't use them, why do you need to scroll all the time anyway?
Also, improvements to the plugins system means that some plugins which make settings pages can now put their settings link beside their plugin name in the plugin list, instead of needing to have their own specialized menu for those options. Meaning that many plugins, if they'd update, would not need a menu item any more. There's other minor improvements like that as well, intended to reduce clutter in the long view.