Change Wording of Options on Friend Request Responses
I received a note from a member who felt bad clicking "Reject" in response to a Friend Request. The member asked whether the option might be changed to "Decline," which is perhaps a more gentlemanly demurral.
I think we can consider that, but one thing I mentioned to the member is that I'm not sure that the rejectee in the above scenario actually receives a notification of the event ("Your friendship request has been rejected by user X").
I just tested this out with the Test Student account, and it appeared to me that no message was sent.
So, two questions: is it worth changing the language? (my vote: no, but let's consider it within the overall scope of the Dev Roadmap) . .. .and Should we add a mouseover help notation saying that members won't be notified when friendship requests are rejected? (my vote: yes.)
cc'ing the community team on this + Chris S. for feedback.
#1 Updated by Brian Foote almost 11 years ago
My two cents - I never really thought about it but "Reject" is kind of harsh. If it's something that would take a couple of minutes to change I don't see the harm in being gentlemen/women/persons and switching to "Decline" but if it's a big project then forget it. Either way I do think a mouse over notice is probably a good idea just to ease minds.
#2 Updated by Chris Stein almost 11 years ago
I agree that eventually it might be nice to change it to 'Decline' I know we don't like the comparisons to Facebook but they have also opted for less agressive words, it's just "Not Now" Also the mouseover is a good idea and something that would add reassurance.
I don't think it's a top priority but something to put on the roadmap.
#5 Updated by Chris Stein almost 11 years ago
I made the change from reject to decline across the language of the site (about 12 places in the po/mo file). In some quick tests it appears that while Matt is right that you don't get notified if someone declines a friend request you do get a notification if a group membership is declined.