Usability issue with "export zpool" / "destroy dataset"
|Reported by:||monarchdodra||Owned by:||william|
I'd like to raise a usability an issue regarding the WebGUI's volume management.
The issue is that the command to export zpool and destroy dataset/zpool are both in the same column, and both use the same icon.
In my opinion, this is can creates unaceptable confusion, since one operation is a completly safe, standard and reversable operation, and the other is an entirely destructive and final operation. Mixing these two operations together is risky at best.
I know we can't save a user from his own stupidity, but case in point: I jost lost an entire dataset, snapshots and all, when I thought I was doing a simple export. It is my own fault for not being careful enough, but I feel the GUI lead me into confusion: "exports are reversible right, I didn't check 'desctroy data' so what is there to worry about?"
I would like to recomment having 2 distinct columns, with two distinct icons. One would be the safer "export zpool" column, simply marked with a friendly green upwards arrow or something, while the other would be the much more dangerous "destroy zpool/dataset", amrked with the red X. This should remove any confusion fron what the command actually does.
Furthermore, "export zpool" would not give the checkbox to "destroy data": If the user trully wants to destroy his zpool, then he should use the "destroy zpool" command.
Change History (5)
comment:4 Changed 6 months ago by william
- Summary changed from Uability issue with "export zpool" / "destroy dataset" to Usability issue with "export zpool" / "destroy dataset"