A very tricky part of core has always been the teaser/summary, our changes in Drupal 7 where positive but we are still not quite there. The label “Edit Summary” was confusing to many new and existing users. The label “Edit Summary” did not make clear about what is it’s functionality. Some participants did understand the functionality once they clicked on it but most of them were not completely clear or had more questions about how it works.
What do you think “Edit Summary” is?
“It is a summary of content for search engine spiders” (Existing user, participant 4)
“It is a summary of edits” [Participant assumed this to be the revision log because she is an active wiki user and on the wiki, “Edit Summary” refers to the summary of the edits to a particular content] (Existing user, participant 5)
It seems like we need to do further iterations to make this usable, it seems like much of the confusion was about the labeling and the help text seems to communicate what we want to do with just a label.